Volunteer as a Group Leader

Due to the current pandemic, Back Up is unable to safely hold any face to face courses. We are working on producing online courses, delivered virtually as soon as possible and we are hoping to be able to offer courses in person again in 2021.

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 & complete the application form. We will then get back in contact with you & update with future course developments.

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