Speak to a peer
‘I cried with relief when I finally found SIA. They knew exactly how challenging SCI could be, and had answers to problems that for years I had been struggling with.‘
SIA believes that the best support for spinal cord injured people comes from their peers. The majority of our services are delivered by spinal cord injured people who share their lived experiences for the benefit of newly injured people.
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 Peer Support 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 Peer Support 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 Peer Support service is there for life after spinal cord injury.
If you are a healthcare professional, our Peer Support Officers can visit your organisation to provide education for you and your staff on ‘Spinal Cord Injury- the personal perspective‘. This hour-long presentation is ideal for raising awareness of the issues around living with SCI- more information can be found on our training pages.
For more information about the Peer Support service in your area, just click on your region 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 Peer Support Officer to contact, just call us on 01908 604191, or complete this form.