There are five main charities in the UK that provide support for those affected by spinal cord injury.
They offer a range of important services. The charities are:-
Back Up is for everyone affected by spinal cord injury, regardless of age, level of injury, or background. Back Up provide sport and outdoor activity courses, mentoring and wheelchair skill training for those with a spinal cord injury. Back Up believe that SCI should not prevent anyone from getting the most out of their life.
Aspire provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury, supporting them from injury to independence.
Spinal Research is the UK’s leading charity funding medical research around the world to develop reliable treatments for paralysis caused by a broken back or neck.
The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is the leading national user-led charity for spinal cord injured (SCI) people. The SIA provides key services to share information and experiences, and to campaign for change ensuring each SCI person can lead a full and active life. SIA provides support from the moment of spinal cord injury and for the rest of one’s life. SIA have a bi-monthly magazine “Forward “ which costs £20 per year to subscribe to.
Spinal Injuries Scotland provides a wide range of services for those with a spinal cord injury as well as their friends and family.
It is important that those affected by spinal cord injury (including family & friends) are offered access to the services provided by each organisation and learn how they can be of support.