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Spinal Injuries Ireland

Cause Description

Spinal injuries Ireland deals on a daily basis with both the emotional and practical issues facing people with a spinal cord injury, as well as providing support for their families as they try to deal with this life changing situation.

SII works to achieve the ultimate goal of true social inclusion for those with Spinal Cord Injury with no barriers to a full and independent life. We work to achieve change in terms of service provision, public awareness and prevention.

Overview

Spinal Injuries Ireland was founded in 1993 to provide support and outreach services to people with spinal cord injuries, 95% of whom are wheelchair users. Based in the grounds of the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire, Spinal Injuries Ireland currently has over 1100 members and focuses on dealing with the emotional and practical issues facing people with spinal injuries, 80% of whom never return to work after their accidents.

The majority of spinal cord injuries occur as a result of road traffic, sporting and workplace accidents, leaving previously active people fighting to rebuild their lives while at the same time coming to terms with the reality of life in a wheelchair.

On average, one person a week is admitted to the NRH with a spinal cord injury, with most patients spending an average of nine months in the Hospital. Spinal Injuries Ireland begins to work with the patient during their stay in Hospital but it is on returning home to their communities that the support provided becomes really essential as the individuals and their families struggle to come to terms with such life-changing injuries.

Among the services we provide are the outreach service, a drop in centre, a quarterly magazine, venture activities (scuba diving, kayaking, fishing) and a cyber cafe. 

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Contact Us

Contact Details

NRH Campus, Rochestown Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, IRELAND

http://www.spinalinjuries.ie/

https://twitter.com/SpinalIreland