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

Over the past year we have been unable to run our life-changing courses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. By summer 2021, we will be back in action – although there will be a couple of differences. We will only be running a small number of Multi Activity Courses for adults and under-18s with a spinal cord injury and due to social distancing measures, course spaces will be extremely limited. 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.

All of our courses aim to increase confidence and independence in a supportive environment. They’re also led by people who have a spinal cord injury themselves – allowing participants to learn from others who have who have been there and can understand the issues and challenges.

”I can honestly say it was Back Up that gave me the confidence to challenge what I thought I could do physically and discover a whole new dimension to life.”

Rosamund (63), Multi Activity participant

Our adult course programme is for everyone aged over 18, with specific courses aimed at under 25s. We also offer Under 18s courses The full programme includes:


Multi Activity

Challenge your perception of what's possible in everyday life through a wide range of life-affirming indoor and outdoor activities.

Under 13s Multi-activity courses

Take part in an outdoors adventure and meet others who are your age!

13-17s Multi-activity course

Take part in an outdoors adventure and meet others who aged 13-17!

What Next?

A mixture of an online resource and a weekend of interactive and live Q&A zoom sessions for people who have recently sustained a spinal cord injury.

Next Steps

Our Next Steps course is for people who walk some or all of the time. The course covers life skills like taking public transport and gives participants the opportunity to discuss issues specifically related to being able to walk.

City Skills

Develop your wheelchair skills and confidence in getting around a busy city and exploring what it has to offer.

Moving Forwards 18-25s

Are you thinking about moving away from home, living independently or heading to university? Our Moving Forwards course, which is designed by young adults for young adults, is the right choice for you.


Give the courses team a call 020 8875 1805 or email the courses team.

How do I apply?

You can apply for an adult or under 18s course by clicking below:

Any questions?

How are course places allocated? How much do the courses cost? If you have any further queries please check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Want to learn more about the services we offer? Please click here to read our most up to date services brochure.

Supported by

Our life skills courses (City Skills, Moving Forwards and Skills for Independence) and our 'What Next?' course are supported by