Volunteering

Our volunteers play a crucial role in helping us support spinal cord injured people. Without them we couldn’t do what we do. So if you’re looking to help us through giving your time, you’re in the right place.

Why volunteer?

Research shows that volunteering is good for you. And with more than 3 million volunteers working in the health and social care sector alone, it’s crucial to helping people get the support they need. And it helps our day-to-day operations go smoothly so we can best deliver our services.

Feel good factor

Research commissioned by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) shows growing evidence that volunteering boosts mental health and wellbeing. In the ‘Time Well Spent’ survey the most common benefits volunteers reported were enjoyment, a sense of personal achievement and feeling that they make a difference. Three-quarters of those surveyed say it improves their mental health and two-thirds reported feeling less isolated.

New skills and experiences

Volunteering is a superb way of learning new skills – and helps many people build experience for paid-work. It’s also a brilliant way of giving back and switching off from your worries. Especially after our long period of enforced isolation due to the pandemic. And you’re sure to meet new people and build lifelong connections.

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The number of volunteers in health and social care in the UK is estimated at more than 3 million people, according to research commissioned by NCVO


Below we’ve listed just a few of the roles that we’re actively looking for. But don’t be deterred if that’s not your thing. We’re always open to new and different ways of helping spinal cord injured people, so get in touch with us using the buttons below if you’d like to get involved. There are opportunities across England and Wales, including at our head office in Milton Keynes.

Support your peers

Our peer support network offers advice and support to people living with a spinal cord injury. You’ll be a volunteer who’s already living with a spinal injury so that you can relate your own experiences to those who need our help. Particularly those who have recently sustained an injury – and their loved ones. You can help us reach more people and help people feel less isolated. Email our volunteer coordinator Jen for more information: [email protected]

Magazine contributors and online bloggers

Do you enjoy writing? Are you happy to share your knowledge and experiences of living with spinal cord injury? Could you spare a bit of time on an-ad hoc basis assisting our busy communications team?

We’re looking for a bank of volunteers who have specialist knowledge in particular areas of spinal cord injury, and who can help contribute to the quality and quantity of information we provide people through our magazine, Forward, and our online blogs. Email our digital editor Paul to register your interest: [email protected]

I find the working culture at SIA supportive, apprecia­tive and most of all friendly. I always look forward to my ­time here

Chrissy, volunteer at our HQ reception desk

Fundraising admin support

Our fundraising team organise a whole host of events throughout the year. This is a busy and exciting area to work in and we’re always looking for volunteers who can help us make our events go like clockwork. This role is based at our HQ in Milton Keynes. Email our volunteer coordinator Jen for more information: [email protected]

Reception and general admin support

As a national charity, first impressions count. Volunteering front of house and providing clerical support and cover for our reception area is an ideal way to build on customer-facing skills. Email our volunteer coordinator Jen for more information: [email protected]

Work experience

We offer work placement and work experience to young people and mature students. This includes work experience while at school, college, university, as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, and during a gap year. We’ll make sure you get involved in all parts of the charity, boosting your knowledge and confidence. Find out more by emailing volunteer coordinator Jen: [email protected]