Move and Inspire Me
Unincorporated Charitable Association
The aims of our Charity:
- To provide an excellent standard of exercise, fitness and rehabilitation classes for children and adults in the local community who might not otherwise be able to access facilities nearby.
- To provide high standard, low cost fitness, health and wellbeing education for members in a variety of settings.
- To provide opportunities for spiritual, emotional, physical and mental growth for members.
Deborah is the founder and Chair of the Move and Inspire Me Charitable Association which began as one simple dance class in 2011 and now has a thriving timetable of 8 busy classes, some with waiting lists due to their popularity. She has been a dancer from being a toddler and had previously run The Swing Jive Dance Company teaching modern jive and Lindy Hop to couples.
Deborah trained as a Zumba instructor in 2011 and subsequently went on to gain qualifications from the renowned provider, YMCA, in Exercise for Older Active Adults, Group Exercise to Music, Nutrition for Sports, Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology, and a Diploma in Exercise Referral. In 2014 she has gained her Diploma in Yoga provided jointly by the YMCA and Yoga Professionals; as well as Level 2 Advanced Practitioner status in Gentle Somatic Yoga in 2017. She is currently signed up to take the Level 3 in Somatic Yoga Teacher Training (Sept 2018).
She draws on her academic skills as a retired Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the University in Sheffield when preparing class and has found that previously being a Senior Nurse at Sheffield Children’s Hospital has also stood her in good stead for understanding the complex medical issues that are presented by many class members as they tackle the ageing process with her expert help. She loves to take an exercise or traditional Hatha Yoga pose and turn it into a Somatic Flow using her training from James Knight, founder of Gentle Somatic Yoga and is aiming to add these Flows to her YouTube Channel over the summer months whilst on sabbatical. She is passionate about facilitating class members to embrace a successful ageing process and believes the Somatic approach is most useful for that purpose. She would certainly reject any notion that certain conditions, postural tendencies and mindsets are an inevitable part of the ageing process and works with her clients to resist cultural narratives and social constructs that may hold their progress back by being deeply embedded in limiting agist discourses.
She manages and administers 8 community classes per week in the South Yorkshire area aimed at over 45’s. She writes a regular blog covering anatomy issues, common illness and disability issues relevant to the over 45s and provides notes and YouTube playlists for her regular Yoga Class Members. She personally speaks to all new members in a FREE one to one 2-hour risk assessment meeting to ensure their involvement in class is tailored to their physical, mental and emotional needs. This includes taking blood pressure and other vital signs and coming up with many solutions to health and well-being problems. She works one to one with folk for whom group work is not suitable. Due to her background as a psychologist, she is particularly skilled at supporting those with anxiety issues. She also oversees the Charity’s activities such as fundraising; luncheons and free educational programmes for local Senior Citizens. The money raised is used to sponsor older adults those who would not ordinarily be able to access classes because of financial restraints. The aim is to release the burden from the NHS by providing funded spaces and offering educational programmes that help older adults take greater responsibility for their health care needs.
In her (very tiny amount of) time off, she loves to spend time with her three dogs, who you will meet at her daytime Dance Fitness classes. The fur family consists of a 12-year-old obedient black Labrador called Ben; a recently retired Guide Dog, Lora, who is 9 (and the least obedient of them all ha ha ha) and little Maisie who is a 2-year-old mongrel rescued from a Kill Shelter in Cyprus by Mayflower Sanctuary in Bawtry.
She is a regular attender at the very lively and community-active Legacy Church in Doncaster. She loves to try her hand at art which she finds increases her focus and ability to be mindful and she attends the weekly local art class in Tickhill.
Because of her technical abilities (she is a bit of a geek) she is self-taught in being able to make sketches using her iPad and Apple Pencil. Mostly pictures of dogs of course! She enjoys photography, though only using smartphone camera these days, and is very creative with makeup from time to time, which is a vestige of her time as a consultant Image Analyst.
Deborah has been happily married for 27 years to Neil who is a Principal Consultant at Tata (was British) Steel in Rotherham. He is responsible for Air Pollution control across the world and spends much of his time contributing to the writing of European laws and travelling. You will see him on the dance floor on Thursday and at Yoga on Friday night. He takes Lora to Agility on Tuesday nights. Neil and Deborah founded the Swing Society at Sheffield University and the two taught weekly Swing Jive nights in Sheffield and surrounding areas before retiring to the Tickhill area. You will see the influence of their Lindy Hop days in the playlist.
Deborah founded and administrates 3 local community Facebook forums, providing useful local information to members: Bawtry Community Forum, Blyth Community Forum and Tickhill Canine Lovers Group. The couple currently walks occasionally with the group “Labrador Walks in Yorkshire” when they are not exploring the countryside in their caravan or walking and enjoy spending time visiting and hosting events with Neil’s family.
This is Deb, she is Deborah’s right hand person and a fantastic demonstrator, she is full of energy and a great member of the team. Since she has previously owned and managed her own studio, the team has been able to tap into a wealth of information that she possesses and she will be managing the summer shows this year.
Charitable Association Committee Members
Currently standing on the committee are:
- Tracey Beveridge (from Monday Yoga) who is our treasurer
- Nicola Atkin (Daytime Tues and Fri Dance Fitness) who is vice chair
- Pat Inglis (Friday Yoga and Tues Evening Dance Fitness) who is secretary
- Carol Barnett (Daytime Tues and Fri Dance Fitness and Friday Yoga)
- Laura Barton (Evening Dance Fitness on Tues & Thurs; Daytime Dance Fitness on Fri and Friday Yoga)
- Maggie Lockhart (Daytime Tue Dance Fitness, Weds Yoga)
All the committee members welcome your input regarding our charity work