WHO WE ARE
Spinal Injuries Ireland SII) is the only dedicated support service for people who have sustained a spinal cord injury and their families nationwide. Currently in Ireland 3 new people sustain a spinal cord injury every week. SII work with over 2100 people and their families offering practical, emotional and financial support and guidance following injury.
SII provide a pathway of support from the onset of injury through rehabilitation and onwards in the community. A spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating injuries that a person can survive and depending on the extent of the injury it can affect every aspect of a person’s life. SCI can lead to paralysis, reduced organ function, and a host of long-term medical care needs. This can also impact a person’s mental health, their ability to work, to maintain relationships, to access social and vocational resources and ultimately to live the life they would choose to lead. SII believe that nobody should have to face the challenges that a spinal cord injury brings alone so they strive to be there at every stage, for as long as help is needed. SII do this through one-to-one personalised support, Family Outreach Services, vocational courses and guidance, peer mentoring and a programme of activities to help each individual live their life to the fullest.
Inclusion and opportunity are at the core of Spinal Injuries Ireland’s ethos. SII was founded in 1993 by people with a spinal cord injury as they witnessed and experienced the lack of supports available to people when they needed it most; on their transition back into the community. There are many barriers that face people who find themselves living with limited mobility, chronic pain and all the challenges of accessibility that a new disability can bring. SII actively supports individuals and their families by focusing on what a person can do, not on what they can not. This is achieved by creating pathways to resources, applying for funding for equipment and training that will make greater inclusivity possible, and hosting activities that people of all abilities can engage in.
Through supporting the individual and being a voice for the SCI community in Ireland, SII strive to make sure that the needs, hopes and talents of people with a spinal cord injury are always considered in equal measure so that every individual has the opportunity not just to survive, but to thrive.