Courses for children and young people

We are thrilled to announce that Back Up courses are returning this summer!

We have prioritised people who had a confirmed space on a cancelled 2020 course meaning some are already full. This means that this year new applications are for a waiting list space. We advise that you still apply though, as spaces do sometimes come up and you may still get the chance to attend! Please read below to find out more about the courses.

What happens on a course?

Do you fancy abseiling in your wheelchair, racing your friends in a canoe, relaxing with others by the campfire toasting marshmallows, or exploring a new city? You can give all these things a go on one of our residential activity courses.

Whatever your level of injury, every Back Up course gives you the chance to:

  • Push yourself and be more independent from your family
  • Do something you never thought possible like soaring through the trees on a zip wire
  • Learn new wheelchair skills, like a back wheel balance, from other people with spinal cord injury
  • Make friends for life
  • Feel more confident to get on with life and do what you want to do.

Find out more about our under 13s activity course and the 13-17s multi-activity course.

Why not contact Ella to secure your place on the next Back Up adventure? Get involved in our Youth Forum (just add Ella on Facebook to be invited into the group) and hear from other children and young people with spinal cord injury who attended our courses. They were anxious too, it’s a big deal travelling away from home and meeting new people. They want to offer support by explaining how they dealt with the worries and how the course changed their lives for the better.

“I really enjoyed learning about Back Up. I learnt new skills like how to flick my wheelchair casters up and do a back wheel balance. I’m using that skill all the time back home in Scotland as it’s pretty rugged ground! I can get up and down curbs too. It makes me feel pretty good as I’m more independent.”

Hollie, 15


You can apply for the under 18s courses by clicking below:

To find out more please email our Under 18s services manager, Ella, or call her on 020 8875 1805.