Back Up charity video GSK winner 2011
Its peer-led rehabilitation programmes build confidence and independence by challenging and encouraging people to create a positive future after injury. When Back Up recognised that many people leaving spinal centres were suffering from depression and loss of self confidence, it set up a peer mentoring programme to provide practical and emotional support.
Back Up's outreach and support team regularly visits each of the eleven specialist spinal centres across the UK to meet patients and their families. The team proactively keeps in touch by telephone as people go through the discharge process. It uses its experience of life with spinal cord injury to give support and show how an active and healthy lifestyle can be achieved. Back Up's work is supported by 300 volunteers.