Physical Activity Referral Officer
My job is to provide health screening and exercise advice to people referred to PARS with a variety of health conditions, and deliver specialised exercise sessions to support this.
I graduated with a Sports Science degree in 2000 and went on to work in my local gym (Heywood Sports Complex). From here I started working closely with the Exercise Referral Service in Rochdale and was delivering exercise sessions and gym inductions for them. I got a few extra qualifications under my belt and in 2005 got a role as a Physical Activity Referral Officer in Manchester where I have been ever since (except for a year out in Great Yarmouth working for the Stop Smoking Service).
It took me moving to Norfolk to realise how much I loved and missed Manchester! We are such a diverse bunch and yet so warm and welcoming to everyone. Everyone at buzz genuinely cares about the residents of Manchester and it’s an honour to be part of that team.
I have been a keen hockey player in the past but these days most of my time out of work is spent entertaining my 3 boys. If I can fit in the occasional run here or there then that’s a bonus!
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"The access, support and socialisation of effective exercise provided by the PARS Team is both vital and empowering."
Martin, Vascular Specialist Podiatrist, Manchester Leg Circulation Service (PAD)