Centre DirectorWadge has worked within the exercise and rehabilitation sector for 35 years and has a BSc in Sports Science. As Centre Director, Wadge oversees all activities at the Centre. He is a senior member of the Royal Society of Medicine and is the Medical Referral Consultant for Reach for Health.
Wadge has a special interest in stroke and completed a Masters module in Stroke Rehabilitation awarded by Middlesex University London and ARNI in 2015. In 2003 he was accredited by the NHS as a Willing Provider to the Health Service. Beginning mid 2018 he will be teaching trainee doctors in continuing rehabilitation care of patients following hospital discharge.
Rehabilitation CoachKaren has taken exercise and fitness classes all of her adult life. She became a member of Reach for Health through a recommendation of a user of the facility who thought her amputee son would benefit from the expertise at the Centre. The atmosphere and people using the Centre encouraged her to progress to become a volunteer. Not content with that, she studied for and gained a certificate as a fitness instructor in 2013. She went on, the following year, to complete her Personal Trainer qualification with an additional specialism in Older Adult Coaching and Exercise on Referral. The latter enables her to carry out general medical referrals at Reach for Health. In addition, Karen holds a certificate in Counselling and is a British Heart Foundation HeartStart Instructor.
Karen enjoys what she terms the ‘family atmosphere’ that embodies everything we do at Reach for Health, caring not just for those who need our direct help but their carers and family members as well.
Rehabilitation CoachDan first came to Reach for Health in 2011 on referral following a sports injury. He quickly became a member of the centre and seeing the type of work done at Reach for Health, he decided that the concept of rehabilitation and helping others was something he wished to pursue. In fact he was so passionate about the type of therapy and help provided that he asked for a job whilst still at school and focused his further education specifically to work at Reach for Health.
He obtained a Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification to begin with but quickly went on to achieve a Level 2 in Sports and Fitness and in 2013 a Level 3 in Sport Exercise Science. In 2017 Dan achieved a BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science. Early 2018 he began a Masters degree in Physiotherapy, which he hopes to put to good use at Reach for Health in years to come.
Rehabilitation CoachWhen Harriet applied to become an apprentice at Reach for Health she was playing Premier league football for Leicester City women’s 1st team as an attacking mid-fielder. Harriet has a passion for all sport and obtained a Distinction in Sports Coaching and Fitness whilst at college. Since joining us Harriet has gained both her Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer qualifications. She is currently taking a management course to round out her skill set and is already planning her next step to take specialist courses in stroke and cardiac rehabilitation and to complete a Level 3 Medical Referral course.
Harriet finds her inspiration and greatest reward in making a positive difference by helping people live better lives whatever their challenges.
Fitness CoachLiz first learned of Reach for Health when she was referred by her GP for an ankle injury. She quickly realised that the benefits of exercise helped not just physical but mental wellbeing and she became a volunteer and gym buddy.
In March 2015 Liz became an employee at Reach for Health to take over our back office administration. In addition she decided to pursue her fitness studies and she gained her Level 2 Gym Instructor qualification that year. She has also since become a British Heart Foundation HeartStart Instructor.
Today Liz splits her time between her admin duties and working with people at the centre.
Liz sums up Reach for Health:
“There is no ‘one size fits all’ here, everyone is welcome. We are a unique centre offering a highly personalised service which helps with the anxiety of ten felt when coming into a rehabilitation setting.”
Fitness and Rehabilitation CoachConnor has always been interested in sports coaching and fitness as his Grandfather was a Sports Coach. He began his studies with a BTEC in Physical Education whilst still at school. He went on to college and studied exercise science covering topics including nutrition, fitness and rehabilitation massage. He then decided to focus on Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation resulting in his obtaining a BSc in Sports Therapy.
Connor became a volunteer at Reach for Health in 2017 and found his greatest enjoyment was in helping others to make a positive difference in their health and fitness. He soon became very popular with those attending the centre and has quickly become a valued member of staff as one of our Rehabilitation Coaches.