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Spinal Injuries Scotland is the national voluntary organisation concerned with new and long-term spinal cord injured people, their relatives and friends, along with those involved in the management, care and rehabilitation of the injury.

 

SIS provides immediate support through the office based Information Service and operate a self-referral information line. We also provide a legal and welfare rights advisory service. Our representatives, who are able to discuss all aspects of living with a spinal cord injury, undertake weekly visits to the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit.


In addition we liaise with other similar voluntary and professional organisations so that the issues surrounding spinal cord injury are recognised and understood.

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 The Spring edition of Newsline, our quarterly magazine, click here.

 

SIS Annual Report now avaliable on line

What you are doing for SIS.

Let us know what you are doing in 2015.

 

Cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End

Saturday 30th May 2015 to Monday 8th June 2015

Phil Thornley and friends. Find out more and donate here.

 

Edinburgh Half Marathon 

31st May 2015

Kate Chalmers

 

Edinburgh Half Marathon

31st May 2015

Shaun Davies

 

What are you doing email:info@sisonline.org to let us know!

News

How do you rate your wheelchair repair service?

SIS have recently been contacted by one of our members who was expressing concern at the interpretation of ‘PRIORITY’ when applied to the matter of wheelchair repairs. One of the brakes on our member’s wheelchair snapped, making daily use more challenging and creating an unreliable chair from which to do transfers. On contacting the local provider - Mobility and Rehabilitation Service, Grampian (MARS) -- the member was advised that the timeframe for a priority repair was 3 working days. (This being the national timescale for such work). A quick check of the NHS Grampian website revealed that MARS “.. covers the Grampian area as well as the Orkney and Shetland islands, a population of roughly 556,000 people and an area of over 8,700 square kilometres (not including islands). The Service is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of occupational therapists, bioengineers, technicians and administrators. Around 2,700 referrals are received per year, which result in the issue of around 2,000 wheelchairs and/or seating systems. The service has around 7000 active users (aged from under 1 year to 100+) who generate 900 clinic attendances per year and 350 domiciliary visits. As well as providing a clinical assessment and provision service, the Wheelchair and Seating Service also provides a repair service for existing users that includes a workshop on site and a number of vans that travel throughout the Grampian area for local repairs. Annually technicians carry out over 4000 repairs, deliveries and collections, as well as over 2000 additional workshop requests”. Like many members of SIS, our contributor has only the one chair and as such is entirely dependent on it remaining fit for purpose, with any down-time limited to the absolute minimum. Given the number of people dependent on the service, our member expressed the view that 3 days for a priority was acceptable and wanted to know what the experience and/or thoughts of fellow SIS members was. We’d be interested to hear your views/experience, and/or whether you think this is an area we should consider for a future campaign?  more…

Posted: Fri, May 01 2015

Pedal the Park – Sunday the 26th of April 2015

Pedal the Park takes place on Sunday 26 April 2015 at Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park. It is a festival of all things cycling with at least 4 ride options suitable for families, novices, mountain bikers, road and hand cyclists. The Event Village includes lots of exciting bike related activities, entertainment and exhibitors. Starting at Castle Semple Visitor Centre, participants can choose from four rides and or visit the ‘event village’ packed full of exciting bike rated activities, entertainments and exhibitors. Pedal the Park Hand Bike Time Trial A level 10km off road route on tarmac overlooking Castle Semple Loch. Cyclists can sign-in on the day if there are still spaces however it would help the organisers if you do register in advance. Each activity will have staggered start times and a limited number of places. The Family Ride can head off at any time between 10.00 hrs and 15.00 hrs. Refreshments, toilets and mechanical assistance will be available at the start/finish point for all rides. The Hand Cycle Time Trial will be signed and marshalled at busy junctions. All finishers will receive a Certificate of Completion, a goodie bag plus the opportunity to join Ride 63 Community Cycling Club and enjoy the wide range of entertainments and exhibition activities in the ‘Event Village’. Register at the event page on the British Cycling website: http://bit.do/PedalthePark See the Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park or more information: http://bit.do/ClydeMuirshiel https://www.facebook.com/ride63?fref=ts more…

Posted: Thu, March 12 2015

Thanks for another successful Oil and Gas Quiz

We would like to thank everyone who made it our annual Oil & Gas Quiz another success. In particular our Honorary President The Princess Royal HRH for attending, our sponsors and everyone involved in making the night what it was. See some photos from the night here. more…

Posted: Tue, March 10 2015

Aspire Grants are available to anyone living in the UK or Ireland with a Spinal Cord Injury.

Aspire Grants are available to anyone living in the UK or Ireland with a Spinal Cord Injury. The grants that they provide assist with the purchase of much needed equipment, giving those with spinal injuries the independence most of us take for granted. http://www.aspire.org.uk/1aspire-grants.aspx  more…

Posted: Tue, March 10 2015

Scottish Disability Equality Forum - Transport Consulation

The Scottish Disability Equality Forum have consultation events all over Scotland this month, asking you for your views about the transport barriers for disabled people and how to create solutions to your transport issues. It is taking place in partnership with Transport Scotland, asking: · We want to know about accessible transport in your area · How do we improve Transport Scotland services · Help us to get it right for the future Dates and Locations - Lunch is provided · 5 February 2015 - Edinburgh (12pm-3pm) · 12 February 2015 - Glasgow (12pm - 3pm) · 17 February 2015 - Aberdeen (12pm - 3pm) · 18 February 2015 - Inverness (12pm - 3pm) · 27 February 2015 - Falkirk (12pm - 3pm) · 3 March 2015 - Borders (12pm - 3pm) This is a unique opportunity for you to shape how disabled people in Scotland access and use the services provided by Transport Scotland. Find more details here. more…

Posted: Mon, February 02 2015

Help Us Redesign Our Website

Help Us Redesign Our Website more…

Posted: Thu, January 29 2015

Elizabeth Finn Care

Elizabeth Finn Care more…

Posted: Wed, January 28 2015

Cross Party Group on Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector

The Cross Party Group (CPG) on Volunteering and the Voluntary Sector met at the Scottish Parliament recently to discuss the role of volunteers and the voluntary sector in delivering public services. MSPs and colleagues heard about a range of issues from the role of the sector in the integration of health and social care to the value of volunteer, peer-led support for service users. CPGs are a great opportunity for MSPs, organisations and members of the public to meet and discuss a shared interest. The next meeting of the CPG will be on Wednesday 25 March from 6pm to 7.30pm. If you are interested in joining the group please email Kate Wane at kathryn.wane@scvo.org.uk. Find out more here: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/43361.aspx  more…

Posted: Wed, January 28 2015

JOGLE4JINX 2015 – John O’Groats to Lands End Cycle Challenge

Help sponsor Phil Thornley and a number of friends cycle 1050 miles from from John O’Groats to Lands End for the benefit of Spinal Research and Spinal Injuries Scotland! This tremendous effort will take place from Saturday 30th May to Monday 8th June 2015. You can donate and find out more at: http://jogle4jinx.wix.com/ride  more…

Posted: Wed, January 21 2015

Edinburgh Council are considering increasing the costs of Taxis for wheelchair users

It is disappointing to see Edinburgh Council are considering increasing the costs of Taxis for wheelchair users. Read the story here. You can find your Edinburgh Councillor here, to let your views be known:  more…

Posted: Wed, January 21 2015

Glasgow Disability Alliance Events Bulletin

The Glasgow Disability Alliance Events Bulletin has a great series of events for people in Glasgow living with disability.  more…

Posted: Mon, January 19 2015

New study to help spinal cord injured people become more active

Researchers in the Department for Health at the University of Bath are embarking on a new study to understand more about the benefits of moderate-intensity exercise for persons with a spinal cord injury.  more…

Posted: Wed, January 14 2015

Free golf session with special mobility device available

TSsport are offering a Golf taster session to anyone with a physical disability. more…

Posted: Fri, January 09 2015

RICA Newsletter

RICA the consumer research for older and disabled people more…

Posted: Fri, December 19 2014

European Spinal Cord Injury Federation (ESCIF) Newsletter

December newsletter from ESCIF more…

Posted: Fri, December 19 2014

Additional Support Needs Football Club for children

Additional Support Needs Football Club in Milngavie more…

Posted: Thu, December 18 2014

Hand-cycling Event

There will be a hand-cycling event at Glasgow Green on 28th March 2015 more…

Posted: Fri, December 12 2014

Disabled Access Day

Disabled Access Day is on 17th January 2015 more…

Posted: Fri, November 28 2014

RICA Powered Wheelchair Survey Results

RICA has published the results of its research into people's experiences of choosing, funding and maintaining a powered wheelchair. more…

Posted: Fri, November 28 2014

LIFE AFTER A SPINAL CORD INJURY PODCASTS SERIES 2

RIPPLE Productions has several podcasts entitled 'Life After SCI' more…

Posted: Fri, November 28 2014

The European Federation of Neurological Associations (EFNA) survey

The aim is to find out how neurological disorders impact on the home, work/educational and social life of those affected. more…

Posted: Mon, November 24 2014

News about spinal electrical implants in the USA

From the BBC programme 'Trust Me I'm A Doctor'. more…

Posted: Tue, October 21 2014

Paralysed man walks again after cell transplant.

From BBC News more…

Posted: Tue, October 21 2014

The Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) Survey

The Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) 'Your Say On Disability' Survey more…

Posted: Thu, September 18 2014

The Scottish Disability Equality Forum Roadshow 20th October 2014

The Scottish Disability Equality Forum (SDEF) Roadshow about Disability Hate Crime on 20th October more…

Posted: Thu, September 18 2014

Proposals to tackle the misuse of the Blue Badge Scheme are expected to be passed by the Scottish Pa

Proposals to tackle the misuse of the Blue Badge Scheme are expected to be passed by the Scottish Parliament today.  more…

Posted: Tue, August 19 2014

SIS Watersports Project Launch Event

Friday, 15th August, 10.30am for 11am start more…

Posted: Tue, August 05 2014

Ticket 2 Tokyo

Ticket2Tokyo more…

Posted: Mon, August 04 2014

Kidz Scotland

Kidz Scotland more…

Posted: Tue, July 29 2014

Participants Wanted for Hand Rehabilitation Study

Participants Wanted for Hand Rehabilitation Study  more…

Posted: Tue, July 29 2014

Spinal Injuries centre gets a facelift by volunteers from Milngavie In Bloom

Spinal Injuries centre gets a facelift by volunteers from Milngavie In Bloom more…

Posted: Mon, July 28 2014

Access to Edinburgh Waverly station made more difficult for disabled people

Access to Edinburgh Waverly station made more difficult for disabled people more…

Posted: Wed, June 25 2014

World Cup Sweepstake for SIS

World Cup Sweepstake for SIS more…

Posted: Wed, June 11 2014

REX Exoskeleton

Our Trustee, Joanna Martin, trialled the REX Exoskeleton last week and has kindly shared her experience with us more…

Posted: Wed, May 28 2014

Wheelchair Tennis Camp

The Tennis Foundation are running a one day Wheelchair Tennis Camp at Craiglockhart Tennis Centre in Edinburgh again this Summer.  more…

Posted: Tue, May 27 2014

Uddingston’s Mike Kerr meets London Mayor Boris Johnson to launch major wheelchair rugby tournament

Uddingston's Mike Kerr meets London Mayor Boris Johnson to launch major wheelchair rugby tournament more…

Posted: Tue, May 20 2014

Writer’s harrowing story of spinal injuries gets its Scottish premiere

Writer's harrowing story of spinal injuries gets its Scottish premiere more…

Posted: Mon, May 19 2014

Have Your Say On Disability

Disability Survey more…

Posted: Mon, May 19 2014

WestMARC Service User Survey

WestMARC Service User Survey more…

Posted: Tue, May 06 2014

Eastern Western Holdings ‘Under One Roof’ Disability Awareness Open Day

Eastern Western Holdings ‘Under One Roof’ Disability Awareness Open Day more…

Posted: Tue, May 06 2014

SIS Joins Give As You Live

Give As You Live more…

Posted: Wed, April 09 2014

Inclusion Scotland Conference and AGM

Inclusion Scotland Conference and AGM more…

Posted: Fri, March 14 2014

Try Curling Day @ Braehead Curling Rink

Try Curling Day @ Braehead Curling Rink more…

Posted: Fri, March 14 2014

Edinburgh Wheelchair tennis Tournament 12/13 April 2014

Edinburgh Wheelchair tennis Tournament 12/13 April 2014 more…

Posted: Wed, March 05 2014

Benefits Survey

Inclusion Scotland has launched a survey to find out how benefits changes are affecting disabled people in Scotland.  more…

Posted: Wed, March 05 2014

Glasgow Disability Alliance “My Choices:  A Vision for Self Directed Support”

Glasgow Disability Alliance Half Day Conference, Spinal Injuries Scotland more…

Posted: Fri, February 28 2014

Mike Kerr

Michael Kerr, SIS member and Paralympian, has just been promoted to captain of the GB Wheelchair Rugby team more…

Posted: Fri, February 14 2014

Carers Trust Survey for Male Carers

Survey for Male Carers. more…

Posted: Wed, February 12 2014

Wheelchair users taxi and private hire experiences survey

The Department for Transport is seeking to learn more about the specific experiences of wheelchair users when using taxis/ private hire vehicles across the UK more…

Posted: Thu, February 06 2014

Register for the 2014 Wheelchair Rugby League trials

2014 Wheelchair Rugby League trials more…

Posted: Thu, February 06 2014

Does sleep apnea effect you?

Sleep apnea is common among spinal cord injury patients, a small new study suggests. more…

Posted: Thu, February 06 2014

Vehicle access changes at Edinburgh Waverley Station

Vehicle access changes at Edinburgh Waverley Station more…

Posted: Fri, January 17 2014

SCI RESEARCH PROJECT

Student Needs Volunteers for SCI research project. more…

Posted: Tue, November 19 2013

New TV Series

Casting company Looking for women with SCI who are pregnant for a potential new TV Series. more…

Posted: Thu, October 10 2013

Christmas Cards Now for Sale online

Buy your Xmas cards online  more…

Posted: Fri, October 04 2013

Digby Brown Meet SIS TV

SIS TV had the pleasure of meeting with Digby Brown's Senior Parnter, Robert Swanney. more…

Posted: Tue, September 17 2013

Top tips for wheelchair users

Top tips for wheelchair users more…

Posted: Tue, August 27 2013

AGM Time Change

Time Change. more…

Posted: Wed, August 14 2013

SIS TV meets Foundation for Hospital Art.

The National Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow recently had a visit from Scott Feight Executive Director of Foundation for Hospital Art. more…

Posted: Tue, August 06 2013

‘Bedroom tax’ doesn’t discriminate against disabled people, High Court rules’

A legal challenge over claims that the Government's so-called "bedroom tax" unlawfully discriminates against disabled people in social housing more…

Posted: Tue, July 30 2013

Karen Darke set back

Karen Darke wheelchair athlete was recently hit by a car while cycling in a Cumbrian Village. more…

Posted: Wed, June 26 2013

Summer edition of Newsline now online

Summer edition of Newsline now online more…

Posted: Thu, June 20 2013

Inclusion Scotland Ebulletin update

Inclusion Scotland Ebulletin update more…

Posted: Wed, June 19 2013

SIS TV First interview goes online.

Wheelchair Wood Turners let SIS TV in. more…

Posted: Fri, June 14 2013

Kenny’s Cycle comes to an End,

Kenny's Cycle came to an end at the Spinal unit in Stoke Mandeville. more…

Posted: Thu, June 13 2013

More Updates from Kenny

Isle Of Wight more…

Posted: Fri, June 07 2013

Kennys half way update

Kenny is now at the half way stage check out the update. more…

Posted: Thu, June 06 2013

Kenny and Lee’s Challenge begins

600 Miles to Go!! more…

Posted: Mon, June 03 2013

Kenny Herriot to take the SIS message Coast to Coast

Kenny is due to endure another epic journey to help raise the profile and funds for SIS  more…

Posted: Thu, May 30 2013

Adapting to life with a spinal cord injury

BBC news ran the following article on Justin Levene. more…

Posted: Wed, May 29 2013

Woman Tackles Edinburgh Half Marathon for Spinal Injuries Scotland

Runner Raises Funds for Spinal Charity the Helped Quadriplegic Dad. more…

Posted: Wed, May 15 2013

Leonard Cheshire Disability Campaign to Oppose 15 Minute Home Care Visits

What can you do in 15 minutes? more…

Posted: Wed, May 08 2013

Woman of Scotland Luncheon a Huge Success

Spinal Injuries Scotland were honoured to have been chosen as the charity to benefit from the proceeds of the 2013 event. more…

Posted: Wed, May 08 2013

Woman of Scotland Luncheon

SIS chosen charity for Women of Scotland Luncheon 2013 more…

Posted: Thu, April 25 2013

Conocophilips Oil and Gas Quiz for SIS

Conocophilips Oil and Gas Quiz for SIS more…

Posted: Tue, March 12 2013

Twitter/ Facebook test feed

Twitter/ Facebook test feed more…

Posted: Tue, March 12 2013

Inclusion Scotland Ebulletin update

Inclusion Scotland Ebulletin update more…

Posted: Tue, March 12 2013

Scotrail Online Booking Form Improvements

Scotrail have made some improvements to the way Passenger Assist is booked more…

Posted: Tue, March 12 2013

Edinburgh wheelchair tennis tournament 2013 Entries Open Now

Entries are open for this years Edinburgh wheelchair tennis tournament. more…

Posted: Wed, March 06 2013

Grade One Assistant Wheelchair Basketball Coach

Wheelchair Basketball Grade 1 Coach Award at the Peak, Stirling,  more…

Posted: Mon, February 25 2013

Survey is to find out what are the key issues facing women with a disability

Engender, Inclusion Scotland and Scottish Disability Equality Forum are working in partnership to host a series of events on Women and Disability.  more…

Posted: Wed, February 13 2013

This Amazing Device Just Made Wheelchairs Obsolete for Paraplegics

This Amazing Device Just Made Wheelchairs Obsolete for Paraplegics more…

Posted: Wed, January 09 2013