Do you attend a group that supports you to feel less isolated as a self-employed therapist?
Perhaps your local FHT Coordinator organises outstanding meetings that encourage you to regularly attend?
Has your FHT Coordinator gone the extra mile to bring in industry experts to speak to your group?
Or have they organised inspiring activities, such as a herbal walk or charity fundraiser?
Maybe each year, they arrange for a team of you to showcase your therapies at community events.
If any of the above sounds familiar, we’d love to hear from you. You can nominate yourself, or put forward an inspirational local group coordinator.
Last year’s winner for FHT Local Support Coordinator of the Year was Hazel Tudor:
Hazel entered the therapy profession at the age of 60, looking for a change of direction for a few years before retirement. She enrolled at her local college, gaining qualifications in a range of different beauty and complementary therapies, and she has continued to add to her skillset over the past 16 years, while simultaneously running her own thriving business, Therapy Zone. She has been involved in running the FHT local group in Waterlooville, Hampshire, since it opened in 2008.
Initially, Hazel helped with providing refreshments and running an information table for group members, before she took up the role of coordinator six years ago. With the help of other attendees, the Waterlooville group has grown from strength to strength, attracting 20 to 30 members each meeting, who enjoy a range of different talks and activities: from ayurveda, gut health and iridology to a myofascial workshop with Jing and trying tai chi.
Hazel said: ‘I think all local group coordinators should win, as we all put so much effort into running the meetings. Providing events where we can meet, learn and make friends is so important, particularly if you are running a business on your own.’
Finalists: Dee Kelsall, Carina Stinchcombe