Meet the team: Our Mobility Teachers

Find out about the dedicated and friendly people that run our Balanced Lives programmes in the various locations. Their priority is your health...

David Clyant Mobility Teacher – Wales & West Midlands

David is our longest serving Mobility Teacher and has been working with us since we launched in 2012. He is now helping to expand the services of Action For Elders across Wales and the West Midlands. David lives near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. His teaching spans a wide area including Hereford, Barry and Swansea. David is an authorised Senior Instructor within the Taoist Arts Organisation. The TAO was formed in 1995 and is a senior member of the Sports Council.

The trademarked Balanced Lives Programme is recommended by GPs and 100% evidenced based. It is an exciting innovative system combining many different elements. “Part of the role of the programme is advising people, not just in physical movement but in their overall approach to life,” says David, who feels there is a marked shift in people’s mealtime habits. “The biggest change I observe is that people no longer stick to the advice: ‘Breakfast like a king, midday meal like an emperor and evening meal like a pauper.' If people did, they would enjoy better energy levels and usually with less pain.” 

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Betty Sutherland Mobility Teacher – York & the North

Betty joined us in 2015 to launch our first Balanced Lives programme in York and has been with us ever since. Betty liked us so much she launched our third Balanced Lives programme in the great city of York. She is a Tai Chi practitioner with over 20 years experience and was born in Balloch, Scotland “on the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond,” as she puts it. Betty is now based in North Yorkshire.

Betty has a unique mix of empathy and understanding of people; she originally took up teaching for personal reasons. “I initially started doing Tai Chi for my own health and to help me manage stress. I loved the interaction with people so I soon became a teacher. I’m local authority approved and qualified to teach in the Education sector.” Betty teaches all ages and is a leading authority in teaching Tai Chi to children in schools. She delivers Adult Education courses for local authorities, for the NHS and in the private sector. 

Away from her work Betty’s main interest is horse riding. She is married to Dougie and they recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. 

 

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Ray Pawlett Mobility Teacher – Peterborough  

Ray joined us in 2017 and is our newest Mobility Teacher, responsible for our Werrington Programme in Peterborough. A highly experienced teacher and Tai Chi medal winner, Ray’s clients have included people with dementia, Parkinson's Disease and those recovering from cancer therapy. In 2009, Ray spent much of his time helping his mother who was ill with cancer. He specialises in energy building and resilience. As an Energy Arts teacher/therapist he has helped people deal with many aspects of chronic fatigue including fibromyalgia and ME. “The biggest lessons we learn are from life, not from our teachers and I have worked with people of all fitness levels to achieve positive results in later life.”

Ray is married to Tracy and lives in the Lincolnshire fens with two dogs and a cat. He’s a keen (amateur) guitarist with interests that include folk music, gardening and cooking. “It is several miles to the nearest restaurant, so I have become quite a reasonable cook in the past few years.”

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