Teach wheelchair skills

Wheelchair skills train-the-trainer weekend

Date: TBC
Location: Stoke Mandeville Olympic Lodge

Back Up’s wheelchair skills trainers deliver sessions at all the spinal cord injury centres in the UK, general hospitals and on our residential courses.

All our trainers have a spinal cord injury and the sessions cover everything from pushing technique and back-wheel balance to ascending and descending stairs. We run sessions for people using both manual and powered wheelchairs.

“Seeing the difference in the participants at the end of the session gives me a huge sense of achievement. It shows you what is still possible.” (David, wheelchair skills trainer)

If you have a spinal cord injury and want to help people improve their skills and confidence, why not join our team of experienced trainers?

What does it involve?

  • Building confidence and independence by teaching wheelchair skills to people with a spinal cord injury
  • Ensuring all participants are included, tailoring the training to individuals’ needs
  • This role would suit a good communicator with experience of living with a spinal cord injury, who has good wheelchair skills appropriate to their level of injury

What we offer:

  • The opportunity for you to become a qualified wheelchair skills trainer at an initial three day ‘train-the-trainer’ course
  • Support, guidance and feedback from experienced trainers and outreach and support staff
  • Agreed expenses covered by Back Up
  • The chance to be part of a team of 40 talented wheelchair skills trainers

Back-Up Trust Skills Extra session on 17/10/19
Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit




Our next training weekend will be taking place Feb 2023. If you are interested then please fill in the application form below and send it in. We will then contact you for the next round of recruitment.

Please feel free to apply at anytime by completing the application form. If you have any questions please contact us at volunteering@backuptrust.org.uk or give us a call on 020 8875 1805.

Apply today