As a leading spinal cord injury rehabilitation centre we recognise the importance of providing our patients with a wide range of therapeutic recreational activities.

The many benefits of this type of activity include:

  • Opportunity to practise fine hand movements or grip, whilst doing relaxing and enjoyable activities
  • Promotes overall fitness and well-being
  • Helps you enjoy and find new hobbies
  • Supports long-term recovery
  • Good way to meet other patients who have recently incurred a spinal cord injury

Our activities are varied and are advertised on posters throughout the Centre. The majority of activities are open to inpatients on Osborn 1, 2 and 3. Families, friends and relatives are welcome to attend some activities, too.

Free WiFi and multi-channel television are available in the Centre, along with a selection of board games, puzzles, DVDs and books which can be found in the Osborn dining room and lounge area.

Art Group

Supported by the Trust’s Arts in Health scheme and funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity, our informal weekly art group meets every Wednesday between 3pm to 5pm in the patient dining room.

The group is for patients currently being cared for on wards Osborn 1, 2 and 3.

Why not come along and have a go at:

• Drawing
• Painting
• Collage
• Card making

Everyone is welcome, regardless of artistic skill or level of injury. As well as being an enjoyable activity, participants can practise dexterity or simply come along for conversation.

For more information, contact the Centre’s Patient Activities Coordinator on 0114 271 5663. Inpatients can drop in and do not need to pre-book.


Gardening Group

Gardening is a sociable activity that builds muscle strength, improves balance and grip and gives those with a spinal cord injury a chance to enjoy being creative in an open space.

The gardening group, which is open to any of our patients currently on the Osborn wards with an interest in gardening, irrespective of previous experience or the level of your spinal cord injury, meets weekly in the Occupational Therapy department, on Monday afternoons.

Gardening activities are either completed inside the occupational therapy department, in the greenhouse, in the occupational therapy garden or on the ward balconies, depending on the weather.

All equipment, (including adapted equipment for patients with limited hand function), plants and seeds are provided. Sometimes patients donate seeds for use in the group, which are always gratefully accepted.

During the group you can:

  • Plant seeds and seedlings
  • Grow your own produce (which can be cooked in the kitchen during kitchen therapy assessments)
  • Make and plant hanging baskets and planters
  • Enjoy garden arts and crafts.

For more information, please contact Julie Tuffin in the occupational therapy department on 0114 271 5666



On Thursday afternoons we get together in the Dining Room to play a few games of Bingo. This activity is for inpatients of Osborn 1, 2 and 3, however, their friends and relatives are welcome to join in too. Children must be accompanied by an adult. It is free to play and there are small prizes to be won. It is a relaxed and enjoyable session, and a good way to meet other patients in the Centre, as well as practice grip or dexterity.

Individuals with higher level SCI can play too; Volunteers or Support Workers help with marking off your Bingo card, this may be dependent on staff availability, please speak to the ward staff or Activities Coordinator.

Patients on bed rest can also join in by staff moving your bed into the Dining Room, dependent on if you are well enough to leave the ward and on staff availability. If you would like to do this, please ask the staff on your ward if it will be possible.

Please see the posters in the Centre for further details of upcoming sessions.

For more information, contact the Centre’s Patient Activities Coordinator on 0114 271 5663.

This activity is funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity


Monthly Quiz

Funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity, our monthly general knowledge quiz is open to all inpatients on wards Osborn 1, 2 and 3, irrespective of the type of their spinal cord injury, as well as friends and relatives. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

If you are on bed rest, please speak to the ward staff to check if arrangements can be made for you to join in.

For more information, contact the Centre’s Patient Activities Coordinator on 0114 271 5663.



As well as our weekly events, we also run a number of regular events for patients, relatives and staff to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

All money raised at these events goes back into the Centre via Sheffield Hospitals Charity.


Sensory room

Our specially designed sensory room, ‘Rivelin’ provides our patients with an opportunity to experience a range of sensory experiences to relax and reduce stress and/or mood change.

The room can be used by patients on Osborn 1, 2 or 3 who are 16 years or over, with different levels of physical ability, either in a wheelchair or in their hospital bed. Please check with the ward staff or Psychology team if this might be an option for you.

The room has been funded by Sheffield Hospitals Charity, through donations and fundraising from staff members, patients, relatives, partner organisations and members of the public.

For more information, please speak to the senior ward staff or the Patient Activities Coordinator on 0114 271 5663.


Barbara Bus

The Centre has a wheelchair accessible vehicle, ’Bill’, provided by the Barbara Bus Fund. Inpatients of the Osborn wards (1, 2 & 3) who need to travel in their wheelchair can use the specially adapted vehicle to get out and about, for day trips and more. The vehicle can be driven by relatives or friends after they’ve undergone the driver registration process and licence check to ensure they are covered by the vehicle’s insurance.

For further details and bookings, please ask Osborn reception desk, or email, or phone 01142266981.

For more information on the Barbara Bus Fund, visit