Talk to a family mentor

“My mentor really helped during the time my husband was in hospital. She helped with practical ideas, she really made me laugh, and she just gave me the deep feeling that things will get back on track. I now know that we can get through this [because] someone else already has.”

Sue, 68, partner mentee.

Spinal cord injury affects the whole family. Children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents – everyone.

Our family mentors all have experience of spinal cord injury and are here to support you with anything that you want to talk about. Whatever your age, and whichever member of your family has a spinal cord injury, we can help.

We have trained volunteer mentors who are parents, partners, siblings and children of people with a spinal cord injury, and we will match you with someone who can best meet your needs. Whether you want to discuss looking after yourself or you need practical advice, we’ll pair you up with someone who can genuinely understand, someone who has “been there” and who can help you work out the best way to move forwards.

Often family members come to mentoring to talk about their relationship with their loved one, adjusting to the spinal cord injury, providing care, coping, the future, life choices and changes, equipment, finances, housing adaptations, travel, work, intimacy, parenting and fertility.

Mentor on a training weekend


To get a mentor, refer someone else, or for any questions, email our Mentoring Manager, Polly, or call the mentoring team on 020 8875 1805.

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