If you, or someone you know, have spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus, and are over 40, Shine40Plus is a place to connect, celebrate achievements and share experiences on issues that matter to you.

Shine40Plus members can enjoy:
  • A well-established online community in the Shine40Plus closed Facebook Group
  • Special interest Facebook groups such as Craft4Shine, the Book Group, or lively discussions in Café Shine
  • The annual Shine40Plus national conference, which covers topics such as technology, getting out and about, finance and benefits, physical and mental wellbeing and ageing well
  • Connect with Shine’s specialist team on matters such as health or benefits.

Shine now has more than 3,500 members aged 40 and over. Thanks to medical advances people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus are living healthier and more fulfilling lives well into their 50's and beyond. This is great news, though bringing challenges with ageing.

We were delighted to receive a National Lottery Awards for All grant for the 2018 conference and to enable the future development of Shine40Plus, including a Peer Support Volunteer Development Day and other activities.

If you are already a Shine member aged 40 or over, you will automatically be part of Shine40Plus

If you are not yet a member of Shine, don’t miss out - it’s easy and free to join!


"This group pulled me out of the depths of depression and anxiety because I felt I was surrounded by people who, however well-meaning and supportive, had not experienced what I was going through with loss of mobility and chronic pain. So eventually you just stop talking about it and repress it. Not a good recipe for mental health. The peer support of this group has been a lifesaver for me"

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