On Saturday 8th July this summer, we are inviting you to come and join us at our first ever Back Up festival at Cokethorpe School in West Oxfordshire!

In July last year, we held one of our twice yearly youth advisory group weekends and it was here that the idea of Back Up Fest was born. Our valued youth advisors developed the idea as a fun family day that is fully accessible to wheelchair users with food, drink, live music and all sorts of fun activities. Since then, we have established a committee and worked towards making this idea become a reality.

We want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved so far – we’re so excited about this event and can’t wait to see you all there!



“Our youth advisors are involved in designing the services we offer for children and young people and they make a real difference to what we do. We believe that the best way to support young people is to ask them how we should do this. The enthusiasm, ambition and creativity demonstrated by our advisors is invaluable and extremely influential to our under 18s services. They let us know what they want, and we support them to achieve these goals. We loved the idea of Back Up fest that they came up with and we can’t wait to see it become a reality!”

A note from Ella, our Under 18s Services Manager

“Samuel is very proud to be a Back Up youth advisor. He thoroughly enjoys spending time with the other youth advisors and helping to shape some of the services that Back Up provides. We are both delighted and excited to be involved in the first ever Back Up Fest and look forward to doing all we can to help and to see this fantastic idea come to fruition”

A note from Ali Appleton, mum of one of our Youth Advisors & Back Up fest committee member