Back Up’s mentoring service links people with a spinal cord injury and their family members to volunteer mentors. These mentors come from all walks of life and have been through a similar experience to their mentees. They understand and can help you come to terms with what has happened and adjust positively to life post-injury.
Back Up mentors either have a spinal cord injury, or are family members – parents, partners, siblings or children – of people with a spinal cord injury. They have all been trained by clinical psychologists to effectively support others using listening skills, action planning and goal setting.
Mentoring is available to people of all ages, all over the UK. It’s not just for people adjusting to a new spinal cord injury, it could have happened some time ago. Mentors offer both practical advice and support with emotional issues.
Whatever you need support with, our mentors are there for you.
“Before my first mentoring session, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. But after that first session I just felt so much more positive about the future. For the first time, I was able to see a way forward.”
Karen, 19, partner of someone with a spinal cord injury