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Summer is here and our new issue of Forward magazine is hot off the press!

Packed full of real-life stories from across the SCI community, we hope you enjoy the issue while soaking up some good summer vibes!

front cover of summer 2024 forward magazine. Title healing with nature against blue sky and green heart made of tree canopy

For our summer issue, what better place to focus our attention than in nature? Meet Daz Eaton who, after sustaining his spinal cord injury, turned to nature and wildlife photography to help improve his mental health. We interview Paul McGuinness, editor of BBC Wildlife Magazine, on why connecting with nature is so vital to your wellbeing, and we catch up with BirdLife International chief scientist Stuart Butchart about accessibility in UK nature reserves.


Join us as we dive into the world of art therapy. Find out what mental health benefits art can bring to life after SCI, try our tips on how to get started and hear from three artists living with spinal cord injury.And to a subject we know many of you love, gaming. We meet tetraplegic Ian Kavanagh who thought he’d lost any chance of being able to do things independently until he reignited his passion for gaming. Read how gaming has improved his mental health, relationships and more.

Also in this issue:

  • Health special: Cancer and SCI. Read one man’s journey of being diagnosed with cancer while living with spinal cord injury
  • Columnist Suzanne MacLeod explains how asking for help has made her more independent with an incomplete spinal injury
  • Relationships – how honesty is the best policy when dating after a spinal cord injury
  • Mental health columnist Ruth Hunt explores how community groups can tackle isolation
  • Holiday review: Our latest review takes you to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas!
  • Meet the team… Get to know our staff members
  • Accessible housing crisis – how we’re advocating on your behalf
  • The latest in SCI news, research, fundraising and campaigns
  • In Celebration – Find out how you can support us when planning your next special event
  • We introduce our six new care partners – find out what they can do to help you
  • Edward Bridge-Stille looks at hospital fashion in his comedy page, So There I Was…
  • Try out some of Chef Jon’s simple summer recipes


We wish you a fabulous summer and, as always, get in touch with us to share story ideas or just to let us know what you think of the magazine, by emailing [email protected]