I love my job as I get to work with every member of the team and hear about the lives we change each and every day in Gloucestershire.
I’ve found a love in motivational interviewing, and improving coaching conversations, management and leadership within health through our training sessions co-ordinated by Emma.
Secret to success for clients: If I could give any advice to a client joining the service it would be to do it for YOU and your own reasons. However complex, silly or insignificant they might seem to others, they are your goals - own them!
Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, positive and passionate.
I work in our office supporting our team of coaches and admin staff.
We have a great team who love their jobs, and helping people be their best is at the top of our priority list! I love getting to hear first-hand about our client’s successes and how we're helping people in Gloucestershire to lead healthier lifestyles.
Secret to success for clients: My advice to a client would be: be honest! Our coaches can help you be your best when they have the full picture of what's going on.
Describe yourself in three words: Patient, kind and positive
I look after our training in behaviour change and motivational interviewing.
Seeing people attending courses and increase their understanding and confidence – knowing that it will make a difference to how they do their jobs and how much they will enjoy their work - is really rewarding.
My proudest achievement since working here is developing a smoking cessation training programme – full, refresher, mental health and maternity - and so fulfilling the varying needs of different professional groups. The huge amount of positive feedback we received was so motivating, and since then bookings have been flooding in!
Secrets to success for clients: Believe change is possible and be prepared to work at that change. I worked with a pregnant woman who was trying to stop smoking. Her partner didn’t want to quit and many of her family members also smoked. It was very difficult to go against the flow and be the only one not smoking. But she achieved her goal, thanks to her determination and the help of our amazing coaches.
Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, lively, loyal
I love helping people achieve their goals and feel better in themselves.
My proudest achievement is helping so many clients reach their target weight. In particular, I’ve had a couple of clients with mental health issues. Helping them get through their barriers was a great breakthrough for them - and a great achievement for me as coach.
I’ve recently set up a clinic in the Forest of Dean at a pharmacy. My clients have told me this is a great way to have an appointment during their 12-week programme because it's such an easy location for them to get to.
Secret to success for clients: I’ve found that clients who are successful set small realistic goals that are achievable. This helps keep them motivated and gives them a sense of accomplishment throughout their journey.
Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, dedicated, supportive
I'm 100% dedicated to my role and love talking to people and getting results.
I love networking and selling the great things we do at the service. Even on my days off I will be singing the service's and coaches' praises!
My biggest achievement was Wendy. She was an older lady who'd smoked for 55 years but never had the courage to give up. She was the only person in her group of friends who still smoked. With our help, she did give up and is still smoke free! She has saved so much money and her health has improved too!
Secret to success for clients: I believe the secret to success is being dedicated, always communicating your ups and downs and, mainly, being fearless of failing!
Describe yourself in three words: Approachable, honest, caring
I really love adapting our support to clients because each person is different and so is the way we work with them.
One of my proudest achievements as a coach is setting up gym sessions to help people feel more comfortable in a gym setting.
Secret to success for clients: For me, the best success is when a client continues to progress after leaving the service because they have changed their behaviour and are continuing to make healthier lifestyle choices.
Describe yourself in three words: Committed, organised, non-judgemental
I’m a healthy lifestyles coach working mainly with pregnant women.
My favourite part of my job is seeing someone have that 'lightbulb moment' where they are confident and in control of their new behaviours - that moment when they realise they can, and will, make healthier choices for both themselves and their unborn child.
My proudest achievements have to be successfully supporting, not just a pregnant client, but their family too, to make positive changes to their everyday health. Having parents make healthier lifestyle choices helps give baby the best start in life. Smoke-free parents mean a smoke-free home.
The secret to success for clients: My secret to success for clients is being consistent and having an overall ‘drive’ to want to change.
Describe yourself in three words: Positive, motivated and personable
My passion is to help clients change their lives for the better, through making positive lifestyle changes.
I work directly with our clients who are on Slimming World journeys. I’ve helped them lose an average combined weight of 1300 kg every month – that’s the equivalent of a Ford Focus! I’m very proud of this.
Secret to success for clients: For me, there are no secrets to success. Achieving your goals is the result of support and encouragement from the coaches combined with the belief, hard work and a willingness to want to change from the client.
Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, innovative, determined
I Love my job! The word 'midwife' translated means ‘with woman’ and that's what I love - building relationships with women and supporting them to have a healthy pregnancy and become the best parent they can be.
Secret to success for clients: Believing in themselves and having a support system of people around them who also believe in them.
Describe yourself in three words: Positive, energetic, open
I love my job! My favourite part is interacting with clients.
Stopping smoking or changing other aspects of our lives can be a daunting experience and an overwhelming decision. However, with help and support from a coach, you are four times more likely to successfully stop smoking. After 12-weeks of support, clients can walk away with the knowledge that they did it and have the tools they need to remain smoke free. It's such a rewarding process to be part of.
I've had clients in the past tap me on the shoulder and say: “Hey Emma, I’m now five years smoke free and it was the best decision I ever made!” When they tell me this, I couldn't be prouder.
Secret to success for clients: Talk to your coach - be open and honest about how you're feeling. Supporting is what we love to do. We have so many hints and tips that we’ve gathered from successful journeys of others and from research that can help you too.
Describe yourself in three words: Kind, supportive, dedicated
I’m the Engagement Lead for the Healthy Lifestyles Service, Gloucestershire. I’m here to promote our service across Gloucestershire, ensuring that anyone who could do with our support can access our service.
What I love most about working for the Healthy Lifestyles Service is the impact that we have on peoples lives, we add healthy years to our customers lives. My role within that is really fun, I utterly enjoy meeting such a great variety of people and working on a range of projects within Gloucestershire.
Secret to success for clients: Every decision we make brings us closer to or further from our goals. Each decision is our opportunity to lead the lives we dream of and so, if you are dreaming of living a healthier life, start now, make that first step, and keep going! You got this!
Describe yourself in three words: perceptive, passionate, collaborative