My name is Lynne Showell and I am Chair of Supporting Confidence Through Exercise. As a survivor of Breast Cancer twice I was excited by the prospect of being part of a charity focussed on supporting not only Breast Cancer survivors but those challenged by life changing conditions giving them the opportunity to be more confident to grab life with both hands and live it.
Like many following my Breast Cancer experiences I was tentative to undertake any type of exercise, protective of my body and very self-conscious. Having experienced the specifically designed rehabilitation exercises and then embarking on the activities that I continue to enjoy today, my quality of life and my socialising has greatly improved. The range of movement in my upper body, energy levels I have gained through regular exercise has boosted my self-esteem and positive attitude to enjoying life to the full.
Being part of a charity at its initiation has been hard work but also extremely rewarding. Having been lucky enough to converse with the participants of our two initial programmes and to see them blossom both physically and emotionally is enormously encouraging. I feel I speak on behalf of everyone involved in SCTE, as well as the trustees, that 2016 was just the beginning and we look forward to delivering more ‘stepping stone’ programmes and supporting more individuals to regain their self-esteem, confidence and an improved quality of life through greater activity participation moving forwards.
My name is Michelle Scott-Worthington, I am the founder and an advisor with Supporting Confidence Through Exercise.
Over a number of years teaching exercise in the community specialising in the provision of classes for the 50+ age group I have seen many participants experience life changing conditions and related challenges. When this happens worlds are turned upside down and many find it difficult to establish some kind of normality in their lives.
Exercise is a great conduit to become more bodily aware, gain confidence and increase self-esteem. Being able to provide a stepping stone programme specific to a conditions needs which is also informative, social and interactive, can provide that invaluable link to a better quality of life long term.
With the support of family and friends establishing the charity has enable this provision to become more accessible and free to those who wish to participate. With the continued support of my fellow trustees I hope to see the charity develop and support many more people in the future.
My name is Judy Bevins, I have responsibility as the Treasurer on the Board of Trustees. My work experience is all within Finance. I trained as a Cost and Management accountant, and have worked on audit, internal controls and system implementation, before taking early retirement in order to focus on supporting my family and my own health.
I knew I needed to do more exercise after suffering a major trauma accident, but was very self-conscious and had lost my confidence. I've experienced the benefits of finding the appropriate exercise and the professional support that this Charity can provide.
As a part of the trustee team, I hope to improve the Charity's profile in order to gain funding and provide more support for people living with or in remission from life changing health conditions.
My name is Janet Whitehead and I’m a recently appointed Trustee for the charity. Along with my fellow trustee, Val Boultbee, my main responsibility is fundraising.
I am a retired teacher, having spent over forty years in primary school education. For over ten of those years I was a Primary Head teacher, based in Warwickshire.
I became involved with the charity because I could empathise with the principle of exercise and group participation as an effective means of improving confidence and self-esteem. I myself have experienced the benefits of physical activity to improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.
As the charity grows and develops, I hope that we are able to support an increased number of participants with a wider range of issues. I am thrilled to be involved with a local charity, aiming to support local people.
My name is Val Boultbee, I am a retired Foster Carer and Adult Placement Carer. As a new member of the trustee team, my role within the charity is to fund raise. Alongside my trustee colleague Janet, we endeavour to raise the profile of the charity through charitable events and campaigns.
As a regular exerciser myself, I am a great believer in the benefits gained both physically and emotionally. My involvement with exercise classes has provided me with a supportive social network which has benefitted my wellbeing immensely.
Like our chair, I have had the pleasure of meeting ladies who have participated in our initial Pink Ribbon Programme and have been impressed by their comments about how much this programme has helped them to cope with treatment, surgery and subsequent side effects.
As a firm believer in exercise, as a means of improving general health and wellbeing, I am keen to see “Supporting Confidence Through Exercise” extend to reach people with other life changing conditions and I am delighted to be involved in helping the charity to achieve and succeed in its goals.
My name is Marilyn Symonds. I recently retired as a Magistrate after 26 years on the Bench in Lancashire and Leicestershire. Prior to moving to this area I worked for the charity Relate as Office Manager. I currently work as a Parish Clerk which brings me into contact with local residents in many different situations and my dealings with the borough council gives me an insight into the workings of local government.
I feel the use of exercise for physical and mental wellbeing is important, especially for someone who has had a life changing illness, as support from new friends can make all the difference.
As a Trustee of Supporting Confidence Through Exercise I hope that I can put my knowledge and experience gained over the years to good use for the charity.
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