AwareNow: Issue 18: The Outside Edition

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“I was really disappointed to see the lack of inclusivity in programmes available and how unsuitable a lot of standard equipment was.”

Allié: What was it that motivated you to create Alt Movement? When did it begin?

Craig: About four years ago I was asked to run some fitness classes for children with disabilities. I hadn’t done anything like this before, so naturally I was quite nervous and wondered whether it was something that I would be any good at doing. The moment that I stepped into the class though, I knew that this is what I wanted to do. Seeing these tiny kids with the world against them throwing themselves into the activities and everything that they were asked to do, not complaining or hesitating, but embracing life with such zest! It was so humbling and refreshing.

After this, deciding that I wanted to move into this area, I went away and did a bit of research. I was really disappointed to see the lack of inclusivity in programmes available and how unsuitable a lot of standard equipment was. I came across a lot of carers who just didn't know where to start with exercise for the person they were caring for and because of that and the lack of movement, their disabilities were becoming worse.

I created Alt Movement because I want to show people with disabilities and those that care for them, there are so many options available for exercise, it just has to be done in an alternative way.

Allié: What has been the most rewarding part of work with Alt Movement?

Craig: Working with those with disabilities has completely changed my perspective on life in general. It makes me stop and reassess all the small things that I take for granted and I really have a much better perspective on life. It’s so rewarding just to see my clients smile, doing something they thought they couldn't and seeing progression where they’ve only been seeing regression. The appreciation from their families and support team too, is just overwhelming sometimes.

Allié: Where do you hope Alt Movement leads?

Craig: I don’t really have a specific end goal, I think ultimately I just want to be able to help as many people with disabilities and without as I can. I’d like to create a space that people can easily go to and discover alternative movements that mean they are able to exercise independently and know that they are capable of so much and they shouldn't feel restricted. 38 AWARENOW / THE OUTSIDE EDITION

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