GC’s Zoe scoops BABTAC Inspiring Person of the Year Award

30 June 2015
Image representing GC’s Zoe scoops BABTAC Inspiring Person of the Year Award

A Gloucestershire College student has scooped the Inspiring Person of the Year prize in the acclaimed BABTAC and CIBTAC Awards 2015; one of the biggest events in the global beauty and complementary therapy calendar.

43-year-old Zoe Warner from Stroud is currently studying for her Health and Complementary Therapies Foundation Degree with Gloucestershire College and the University of Gloucestershire, alongside running successful beauty therapy businesses, Vanilla Moon and Pamper and Relax Us, and the Therapies4Forces (T4F) project.

Zoe founded Therapies4Forces after her husband was injured in active service and medically discharged from the Armed Forces, before receiving therapy that transformed his life. Zoe wanted to be able to offer this service to anyone in a similar situation, and launched the project in 2011 to provide free treatments to injured veterans and their families or carers.

In four years, Zoe has grown the project from just herself to more than 200 volunteer therapists, who offer one-to-one treatments to veterans to help with their recovery or learning to live with their disabilities, both physical and psychological. From September, T4F will also be offering relaxation days across the country too.

In addition to this, Zoe wanted to combat the loneliness many beauty and complementary therapists feel working alone and launched a one-stop support page for therapists on Facebook, through which they can ask each other questions and discuss the latest industry articles, trends and CPD courses.

Zoe also won the Excellence in Education Award from the Federation of Holistic Therapies, is the current Face the World Practitioner of the Year, was a finalist in the Gloucestershire Women in Business Awards and has just discovered that Therapies4Forces is a finalist in two categories in the Stroud Business Awards, which will be announced in July.

Once she completes her degree, Zoe plans to study a Master’s degree in Research and would like to teach so she can inspire others to reach their goal of becoming a quality therapist like herself.

Zoe said: “Winning the award was very humbling and I feel honoured to have been chosen as the winner. Without all of the volunteer therapists, T4F and its positive impact would not have been possible.

“T4F is currently looking for companies to help grow the project and is always on the hunt for gifts for goodies bags we give away to veterans and families, as well as raffle prizes for the relaxation days and donations to enable us to expand and ensure that every veteran who needs our services has access.”

Foundation Degree Course Leader, Jane Jenkins, said: “I am incredibly proud of Zoe as she is an excellent practitioner and conscientious student. She has performed well in all her modules this year and I have seen her academic style develop. Zoe has managed to juggle her academic work alongside a busy home life and a successful business, which is an achievement in itself.”

For more information about Gloucestershire College’s Beauty courses, visit www.gloscol.ac.uk/hairandbeauty or call Student Services on 0345 155 2020.

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