Life and work

Immediately after a spinal cord injury (SCI), you may feel that returning to work or resuming a career isn’t possible or is too difficult to contemplate. At SIA, we believe that with the right support and guidance you can rebuild your confidence and discover the right vocational path to follow after your injury.

SIA’s Vocational Support Service covers a range of areas and is designed to give you the support, guidance and encouragement you need when considering a return to work, education, volunteering or sport after an injury.  Whatever direction you take after a SCI, your future vocation can have a hugely positive impact on every aspect of your life, from your physical and mental health to your earning potential, social interactions and confidence.

Our Vocational Support service can provide:

  • Vocational Support at your local SCI Centres, available to both in and out-patients
  • Work Skills including Work Trials and Employability Skills Training
  • Sharing experience and learning from others through our Buddy Scheme and our vocational videos
  • Publications
  • One to one support provided in person, by telephone or through email

SIA Vocational Support OfficerIf you would like vocational support yourself, know someone who would benefit from this service or have any questions, please contact our Vocational Support Manager, Dave Bracher, via email or call Dave on 07593 538126.


Our Vocational Support service is kindly sponsored by:

Leigh Day

More information about work and vocational issues is available in our book Work Matters.

Access our videos to hear how other people have rebuilt their lives after spinal cord injury.

The eight films are all a few minutes long and show individuals with a spinal cord injury talking about their experiences of returning to education or employment, including self-employment, post-injury.

SIA holds regular Vocational Clinics at a number of Spinal Cord Injuries Centres. Each Clinic is staffed by an Occupational Therapist, representatives from organisations such as Jobcentre Plus, Connexions and Access to Work, and a member of our Peer Support team.  They are available to give you the best possible advice for future opportunities for work, education or volunteering. The clinics are open to in and outpatients.  Download a list of clinic dates here.  Future clinic dates will also be in forward magazine.  If you would like to attend then please contact the OT at your SCI Centre, or speak to Dave Bracher at the number provided above.

We also have information to help you when you are planning a holiday.  Just visit our holiday page for more information or read about other people’s experiences in this country and abroad in our ‘Share your experience’ section.