Virtual workshops for young people

In the last week of July, we’ll be hosting a week of virtual workshops for young people (aged 13-19) affected by spinal cord injury. From thinking about the first time you stay away from home, preparing for University or having some fun in a cooking class we have a workshop for you!

They’ll be delivered by a range of professionals, many of whom have a spinal cord injury themselves. Each virtual workshop aims to develop confidence and skills, provide the opportunity to learn and ask questions, whilst having fun and connecting with other young people.

Dates for your diary:

  • Monday 27 July – Cooking class with Elizabeth Butler

Looking to expand your baking portfolio or want to show off your amazing skills? Then make sure you come along to our cooking class hosted by Elizabeth (trained at the prestigious Leiths School of Food and Wine previously owned by current Bake Off judge, Prue Leith). You’ll be sent a list of ingredients and equipment needed for this session in advance. Who can say no to desert on a Monday evening?

Register for Monday’s session here via zoom

  • Tuesday 28 July – Wheelchair maintenance with Rich Osborn (Back Up’s Outreach and Support Coordinator in Scotland)

It’s always handy to know how to fix something that doesn’t quite work, isn’t it? The same applies to our wheelchairs! Come along and learn some basic wheelchair skills maintenance with Rich. He’ll cover a handful of the most common issues so you can keep your wheelchair in tip top shape! Other topics to be covered include, castor and drive wheel maintenance plus frame, bearings and more.

Register for Tuesday’s session here via zoom

Do you have aspirations to travel? Whether it’s in the UK or abroad there are often extra considerations you need to take as someone with a spinal cord injury. If you have any questions about travel or would like to hear more about what it’s like to travel in a wheelchair then this is the session for you!

Register for Wednesday’s session here via Zoom

  • Thursday 30 July – Preparing for work and University with Helen Cooke (MyPlus Consulting)

It can be nerve-raking promoting yourself at the best of times, let alone for university and job applications. In this session Helen will help build your confidence and  apply the skills you already have to the role or course you want.

Register for Thursday’s session here via Zoom

  • Friday 31 July – Talking to a young adult with spinal cord injury

Do you want to hear the experiences of other young adults with a spinal cord injury? We’ll end the week with this informal workshop where two young adults with spinal cord injury will share their stories and what they are currently up to. An open space, expect plenty of time for questions, chatting and gaining some insight into what your future could potentially hold.

Register for Friday’s session here via Zoom


Deadline for registering your place is 5pm Thursday 23 July.

There are 8 places available for each workshop so spaces are limited so make sure you register quickly to avoid disappointment. You can register for more than one workshop, but we suggest only applying for the sessions you are interested in so that others can get involved too.

Registration will require a parent/guardian’s contact details. A confirmation email will be sent for every workshop you register for. This email will have further information, including parent/guardian consent forms.

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