Speak to a peer
SIA believes that the best support for spinal cord injured people comes from their peers.
Our services begin when you are newly injured and will support you as you rebuild your life. Whether you’re being treated in a Spinal Cord Injuries Centre, general hospital or other non-SCI specialist environment, we will be there for you. Our Support Network Officers provide:
- one-to-one support
- practical help and advice
- encouragement and a listening ear
They will also support your family members and friends, allowing them to talk through the impact of a spinal cord injury with someone who understands and who can signpost them to sources of help and information.
Our support doesn’t stop once you leave hospital. Our Support Network Officers will support SIA members in your home or local environment, to help ensure your transition back into the community is as smooth as possible. And we’ll be there for any bumps in the road after that, so whether you’ve been injured for two or twenty years, as an SIA member, our Support Network Service is there for life after spinal cord injury.
If you are a healthcare professional, our Support Network Officers can visit your organisation to provide education for you and your staff through their CPD-accredited inservice training presentations. These sessions, which generally last around an hour, are ideal for raising awareness of the issues around living with SCI and the support the SNOs can offer you, your colleagues and patients- more information can be found on our training pages.
For more information about the Support Network Service in your area, just click on Support Network Officers in the list on the left-hand side of the page. If you have any general questions about the service, or are unsure of which Support Network Officer to contact, just call us on 0800 980 0501.
Thanks to the Stewarts Foundation for their support of the Support Network Service.