Wheatley man Jamie Cooley, 30, who has an artificial leg, is helping local people who have disabilities and health concerns to stay fit with his chair based exercise classes. The classes include gentler exercises for people who want to stay fit, but may be limited in what they are able to physically do.
Jamie said: “Having a disability myself, I am passionate about helping people with health concerns by offering a light, relaxed and entertaining alternative to rigorous exercise – and chair based exercise does just that.”
At the beginning of 2018, Jamie was struggling to find work. He enlisted the help of ‘Better Working Futures’ in Doncaster – a free programme that supports people who are struggling to find employment to start work.
Jamie described his enthusiasm for fitness and personal training to his Employment Adviser Charlotte Clewes, and together they explored turning his passion into a self-employment opportunity.
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Jamie was then introduced to Daniel Roberts, self-employment adviser at Better Working Futures, who helped him financially to purchase Public Liability Insurance and gain a Level 2 Amac Certificate in Chair Based Exercise. Daniel also supported Jamie with business cards, leaflets, letters and taxation advice, as well as giving him the opportunity to deliver his course over a 12 week period at the Better Working Futures office at Fraser House in Doncaster.
Since then, Jamie’s business has been going from strength to strength. He continues to deliver sessions to other Better Working Futures participants, as well as expanding his business to other health providers within the Doncaster area. He said: “I am hoping to branch out into care homes, community centres and council run schemes where possible.” Visit betterworkingfutures.co.uk for more on Better Working Futures.