We are proud to say that we have succesfully run our first ever Under-18s Group Leader training weekend. Group leaders help run our rehabilitative courses by coordinating activities, supporting participants, and generally making sure the courses run smoothly.
THe recent training saw 3 new young group leaders, all of whom now have the skills and confidence to lead courses for other young people struggling to cope with their injury.
"The Back Up group leader training course made me feel the same way that any involvement I have in Back Up does, involved and valued. To be one of the first young group leaders is a true honour and privilege and has helped me gain even more confidence and understanding which I can use both at home and at my college studies." Ben, 17
Thanks for your continued support!
It's summertime, and Back Up is gearing up for our annual U-18's rehabilitative courses! Every year, your donations help us organize both a course for Children under the age of 13 and another course for young people aged 13-17. These courses allow for up to 14 young people to partake in activities like canoeing, abseiling, hiking, sailing, and wheelcair sports. Last year, 87% of course participants felt more confident about life 6 months after the course was complete.
Here is a quote from an U-18s participant in 2011:
'When i found out about Back Up i was really inspired by what they do for people with spinal cord injuries. But at the time i never thought i'd be strong enough to take part in one of their courses. After getting a place on the Keswick Multi Activity Course i was really apprehensive about going. But as soon as i got there, everyone made me feel really comfortable and welcome and I instantly made friends that i still keep in touch with now. The course totally changed my outlook on life as I was doing things that i never even imagined i'd be able to do again. It opened my eyes to so many more possibilities and taught me to not hold back because of my disability."
Thank you so much for your support!
The Back Up Team
Back Up's first ever Schools Inclusion Toolkit is currently on track to be released at the beginning of next financial year in May 2012. Our new, inclusive education toolkit will provide free, online resources for spinal cord injured children and young people to ensure they have the opportunity to be fully included in all aspects of mainstream education.
It will draw together and compile existing resources, networks and experiences into one central place. The toolkit will be promoted to a wide audience, including spinal cord injured young people and their families, spinal centres, related third sector organisations, and local and national government bodies.
Everyone should have the opportunity to have an education, no matter their background or life situation!
Thank you so much for your continued support.
The Back Up team
Back Up held their first youth advisory group meeting this past weekend. The youth advisory group, made up of spinal cord injured young people is meant to give a voice to young people in terms of how our services develop.
The young people will have a say in how we develop our courses, mentoring service, inclusion programmes, amongst many other aspects of the charity's work!
Check out our website to learn more!
Both our 13 - 17 year old courses and the Under 13s course have recently been completed for 2011 and they were met with great success!
They were both located in the lovely Lake District in Northwest England for 5 days each. During the courses, the young people with spinal cord injuries had the chance to hike, sail, abseil, kayak, cycle, and play various wheelchair sports.
Here are some quotes:
- (From a mother of a spinal cord injured young person) "On behalf of my two children I want to thank you, they had an amazing time last week at the calvert trust. They are both shattered but haven't stopped talking about it since and are already looking forward to next year!"
- (From a 16 year old participant) "I can honestly say the course has changed my life for the better; it has given me a better quality of life knowing I can do so much more than I ever thought, I don't have to hide away anymore knowing that I can do the same as everyone else, just in a different way, and better of course haha. "
Thanks to everyone for continuing to support our incredible young persons project, please spread the word!
P.S. Photos to come!
- The Back Up Team
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