The smallest thing can mean the world to someone else – Our Hero Anne-Marie

What is your favourite memory with one of your care seekers?
I have been helping a client with her exercise. Due to her vision impairment and balance my client holds onto a chair while doing her leg exercises. Recently my client stepped away from the chair and did her first set of squats without the need to hold onto anything. This was a huge achievement for my client who was so excited to make such a big improvement. After this session I walked away not only with a smile on my face but the realisation that I am making a difference to her.

Anne-Marie Coote
Favourite moment of connection between you and your seeker?
There isn’t one particular moment I can pinpoint. For me it is seeing my client slowly improving her fitness. Despite the many obstacles that stand in her way on a day to day basis, it is the determination and belief in herself to overcome these obstacles that I connect with. Despite people telling her that she shouldn’t be doing something or dissuading her, my client’s inner strength is what she draws on daily and during her exercise sessions.

How has being a Hero changed how you interact with/perceive your community?
Becoming a hero has made me want to do more to help people. Everyone has the right to have companionship, happiness, etc no matter what their status in life is. Just because someone is unable to go out on their own or is suffering from health issues doesn’t mean they should be excluded from society.  Being a hero has also given me a clear direction on how I want to use my fitness qualifications
Tell us about your first conversation with your seeker
While getting to know each other during our first time together we quickly found a connection. Despite having dealt with different life challenges, the way we overcame those challenges was very similar. We found support in each other.

Favourite part about being a Hero?
Helping people and making a difference. My assistance may seem like a small gesture on my part but to my client it is making a huge difference to her life. Sometimes the smallest thing can mean the world to somebody else.

 

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What would you say to other people considering being a Hero?
Do it! Being a hero is the most rewarding and satisfying job. I get so much joy from seeing my client achieve something that has eluded them for a long time. I hesitated to join up as a hero but I am so glad that I did.

 

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