Lead a course

Back Up have a full range of courses to help build confidence and independence and enable 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.

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

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

Support and training

  • 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 and we will contact you once we start recruitment again.

“It is an absolute privilege to act as a group leader and be trusted to support others.”


Please feel free to apply at anytime by completing the application form below and emailing it to Ally. You can also call him on 020 8875 1805 if you have any questions.