Image shows Gavin sitting at massage tableGavin Andrews participates in Cedar’s Inclusion Works programme. Gavin studied professional massage courses in London but was unable to practice the techniques learned due to the Covid pandemic. In-line with current safety guidelines it was agreed that Gavin could presently deliver sessions within Cedar.

Speaking about his own personal interests that led Gavin to follow this path he explained:

“Two of my passions are travel and wellbeing. I have worked and traveled around Thailand and it was there I found myself interested in massage and the many benefits that come with it. I am really interested in wellbeing for men and I believe that it is important for men to practice the art of self-care.”

He continued:

“Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, I completed my qualifications in massage. I am now giving massage sessions within Cedar to help me practice the techniques I learned and I hope to offer these sessions to other charitable organisations in the future.”

Louise, Gavin’s Case Officer, described his positive progression:

“Gavin has worked really hard to achieve his qualifications and is making fantastic progress with his skills. It is a pleasure to see him grow in confidence and self-esteem.”

Speaking about the future Gavin said:

“My long-term goal would be to have a wellbeing centre specifically for men that would have talking therapies, massage, yoga and perhaps even a barber's.”

Inclusion Works supports adults with disabilities to build employability skills and experience to be work-ready, then move into a paid job, college course or volunteering on leaving. It is person-centred, encouraging and supporting individuals to design their own programmes around their needs and aspirations, building confidence and independence. For more information visit our dedicated page.