Back Up was founded thirty years ago by volunteers, and volunteering remains at the heart of everything we do. Stef Cormack, Back Up’s Head of Services, writes about why volunteers are so important for us.
Volunteers are our lifeblood – their work is extraordinary and this month we want to pay tribute to each and every one of you.
Our extended Back Up family reaches right across the UK, our volunteers come from all walks of life and bring a wealth of life experience, passion and expertise to what they do. It is this diversity, talent, and the fact that they do it just because they want to, that makes their work so uniquely dynamic and powerful.
Research shows that volunteering brings benefits not only to the people supported but to volunteers themselves – volunteering can help people live longer and is good for well being. The evidence shows it can boost self-esteem, reduce hospital visits, and beat depression, stress and pain. Not only that, other studies have shown it can help you lose weight and even boost your love life!
Volunteers do amazing, challenging things every day for Back Up – delivering services, raising vital funds, raising awareness, helping at events, holding their own events, advising, guiding and supporting us in so many ways.
This week is national Volunteers Week, so it’s a good time to recognise and thank each and every person that supports us along the way and plays their role in transforming lives after spinal cord injury. And to invite you to get involved in new ways! Give us a call to chat about how you can be involved