Youth Break Out Lounges

A family with a young person with a spinal cord injury. Join our Youth Break Out Lounges for support.

Important: Please read all the information on this page before registering.

Our next Youth Break Out Lounges will be hosted on 7 December 2021 and 4 January 2022. 

The upcoming Lounges have the following guest visitors, most of whom have a spinal cord injury themselves (please do check this table regularly for updates):

  • 5 October – We are delighted to be welcoming two gold medal winning Paralympians, Kylie Grimes and Jonathan Coggan. Having recently won wheelchair rugby gold in Tokyo, the pair will be sharing with us their experiences, answering any questions you may have and hopefully giving us a glimpse of those fantastic medals!
  • 2 November – Back Up’s very own Lauren Jones will be joining to share her experiences of growing up with a spinal cord injury.
  • 7 December – As it is the festive season, you can expect some games, fun and a chance for us all to have a catch up at the end of the year!
  • 4 January – What will you do differently this new year? We will be starting our first 2022 session with discussions around what we want to take up, give up and are looking forward to in the new year ahead.

Are you a child or young person with a spinal cord injury who would like to chat with or hear from others in a similar situation? Join up to our Youth Break Out Lounges where you can:

– Talk to other young people who you can relate to
– Share your experiences of life with a spinal cord injury
– Listen to what others have to say and learn top tips

The Youth Break Out Lounge sessions specifically for children and young people affected by spinal cord injury will take place on Tuesday evenings 6-6.40pm, on the first Tuesday of every month. 

The Lounges will break out into two groups for different ages:

  1. Children and parents – for any child 12 years old and younger who can attend with a parent, to meet other children their age and hear their experiences of life with a spinal cord injury.
  2. Young people – for any young person 13-17 years old, who wants to meet and chat with other young people with a spinal cord injury.

Both Lounges will be hosted by a Back Up staff member and a trained volunteer who will be there to oversee and guide the discussions when required. There is no set agenda at the moment, and both Lounges will be led by those who attend them – to focus on topics that you want to discuss!

If you have something in mind that you would like to talk about, please add this information to your registration form when signing up to join. Any young person signing up for these sessions will be asked to provide parent/guardian details and to confirm that a parent/guardian has consented to them taking part.

Note for parents/guardians: Do you give permission for your child to join & participate in a Zoom meeting with Back Up and other young people with a spinal cord injury? By ticking yes on the sign-up form, you understand your child will attend the meeting with video, if they choose.

Register for our youth lounges here.

Please read our safeguarding appendix around children and young people accessing Zoom.

If you have any questions, feedback or ideas for discussion topics, please contact our children and young people’s services manager, Ella.

Online safety for children

With the internet and online platforms being used more in the current situation with Covid-19, the need for online safety awareness has become much more important. It’s really important to ensure that you understand how to manage risks online. See our online safety policy for children here.

Parents/guardians can find out more about Zoom on the NSPCC’s Net-Aware website.

Online safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online can be found at the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC). UKSIC have also recently worked with online safety and child protection organisations from around the world to inform the new International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) Child online protection guidelines for 2020 – read here for the guidelines aimed at children and young people.

If you are concerned about online abuse or the way someone has been communicating with you online, you can report it to one of CEOP’s Child Protection Advisors.

Parents/guardians can also seek more advice and support about the digital world at Parent Info.