Spinal Injuries Association
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) is a national user-led spinal cord injuries charity.

SIA’s Peer Support Officers (PSOs) visit the Centre weekly to offer practical advice and face-to-face support to newly injured people and their families on all aspects of SCI. They also provide life-long support post-discharge in the community. SIA’s PSOs all have a SCI so can talk from personal experience.

SIA also arrange Vocational Clinics in the Centre to provide advice to people with a SCI who want to get back to work, school or college. SIA offer support, advice and information through their free Advice Line:
• 0800 980 0501

The PSOs responsible for the Princess Royal are:
• Carol Barraclough (South Yorkshire & East Midlands) 07817302022                            
• Kevin Ogilvie: (East of England) 07896 877 200

Aspire is a national charity that provides practical help to people who have been paralysed by Spinal Cord Injury.

An Independent Living Advisor from Aspire visits the Centre most Thursdays to provide practical advice to patients about living with a spinal cord injury (SCI). Aspire’s Assistive Technology Advisors run weekly sessions in the Occupational Therapy department where they provide instruction on how to use assistive technology devices and voice directed software.

For more information about the services provided by Aspire, ask your Occupational Therapist or contact Aspire on:
• 020 8420 6731 Independent Living
• 020 8420 6732 Assistive Technology

Back Up Trust
Back Up Trust is a national charity and campaign group that supports people with a Spinal Cord Injury.

Back Up visit the Centre every six weeks to deliver Wheelchair Skills training to people new to using a wheelchair, and the ‘Wheelchair Skills Extra’ trip into the city centre to practise the skills.

Back Up provide many services, all led by people with SCI, including mentoring for people with SCI and their family members, residential courses, and support going back to work, school or college. Visit their website to find out more.

For information on Back Up’s services within the Centre, ask your Occupational Therapist or contact Back Up’s Outreach & Support Team on:
• 020 8875 1805

WheelPower is a national charity that provides opportunities for disabled people to get into sport and lead active lives.
A Physical Activity Advisor from WheelPower, Alex Jewitt, visits on Tuesdays to speak with patients and assists with the Physiotherapy team’s sports session. Alex is also a former patient of the Centre and long term wheelchair user.

Alex provides an advisory service on sport or other physical activity, and supports the provision of sport activity for patients within the Centre. He also provides general information and advice on sport, physical activity, keeping active and being healthy after discharge from hospital. Contact Alex on:

• 01296 395 995 or alex.jewitt@wheelpower.org.uk

Peer Support, Services and Activities for Inpatients at PRSCIC

Peer support, services and activities for inpatients leaflet https://publicdocuments.sth.nhs.uk/pil4244.pdf