Volunteer as a Group Leader

If you would like to express your interest to volunteer as a Back Up Group Leader for future courses, please continue to read the below to find out more.

Back Up has a full range of courses to help build confidence and independence, allowing both volunteers and spinal cord injured participants to see how much is possible. Our courses provide the opportunity for people with a spinal cord injury to develop new skills, talk to people in a similar situation and challenge themselves in a safe environment. Our volunteer group leaders are there to support and encourage all group members to learn and develop. They also support and coordinate our other volunteers on the course.

“I have greatly enjoyed volunteering for Back Up and have developed my skills. I have met some wonderful and inspiring people.” (Course group leader)

People who have previous experience of Back Up courses and are good communicators, team players, approachable, fun, organised and empathetic, would suit this role.

What does it involve?

  • Representing Back Up and acting as a leader and role model for all group members
  • Supporting, encouraging and organising group members to achieve their potential
  • Being the first point of contact for group members before and throughout courses

What support and training do group leaders receive?

  • Initial weekend training course and annual development day
  • Support, guidance and feedback from experienced group leaders and from the courses manager
  • Agreed expenses covered by Back Up

In order to work most effectively with a broad range of people and to be as representative as possible, we are keen to recruit group leaders with a high level spinal cord injury, group leaders with a spinal cord injury who are able to walk, and non-spinal cord injured group leaders. We have no set date for our next training induction, but do please get in touch to register your interest. We will then contact you once we start recruitment again.

“Being a group leader who’s trusted to support others is an absolute privilege.”


Please get in touch with Karim to find out how you can apply. You can also call her on 020 8875 1805 if you have any questions.