Peer support is at the heart of what we do. Drawing upon personal experience of the challenges of living with a spinal cord injury, the peer support volunteers are able to provide support to those in the spinal unit and also those in the community. The peer support team have a wealth of knowledge about living life after a spinal cord injury and each have different experiences they are happy to discuss.
‘Providing positive role models to demonstrate that there is still life after SCI and sharing information and experiences is the key to this service’.
Peer support for person with SCI
Weekly unit visits are co-ordinated by our Peer Support Manager.
All our volunteers either have and SCI or relevant experience of the injury. Volunteers are carefully screened to ensure that they have the understanding, skills and competencies to be able to deal with often difficult and complex issues that are raised by the newly injured.
Peer support for Family and carers
Spinal Injuries Scotland strives to link carers, families and partners with volunteers who have experience of similar issues or level of injury.
Outreach Peer Support
We have three Peer Support Advisors based in Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries and the Borders.
Our Peer Support Advisors visit the Outreach Clinics with QENSIU staff and organise events and Coffee Meets & Greets in the local area. For more information on upcoming events please check out our facebook page.