The Get Busy Living centre is a truly inspiring place which welcomes beneficiaries and their families from all over the UK, providing access to the kind of holistic support that is key in helping them to overcome the challenges they face.
The centre has a state-of-the-art gym, a specialist disability personal trainer and highly experienced physiotherapists to provide beneficiaries with physical rehabilitation. Matt and other seasoned beneficiaries provide the kind of advice that can only really be given by those who have lived through a life-changing injury. This focus on enhancing the mental well-being of individuals as well as their close family is what makes the centre such a unique place.
Upstairs, the gym is packed full of specialist equipment from treadmills and ski-ergs to adapted cross-trainers and rowing machines. There is also a weights area, barre and all the usual supportive equipment you would expect. Added to this we have a physiotherapy area and treatment rooms where our team of neurophysiotherapists and sports therapists work with our beneficiaries to design and implement specialised programmes based on each person’s specific needs and injuries.
Downstairs, you will find the social hub where centre manager Darrel provides every person coming through the doors with a warm welcome. Our social hub incorporates a relaxing lounge with big screen TVs, giant comfy sofas, a pool table and a fully-equipped adapted kitchen where staff prepare home-cooked meals every day for our beneficiaries. There is often a Foundation ambassador, trustee or our patron making a visit and always someone on hand for advice about diet and nutrition, bowel management or just a chat with others in the community on the same journey.
The Get Busy Living Centre is located in the heart of the beautiful Leicestershire countryside and its creation has been a long held personal ambition of Matt’s. The centre is the culmination of years of planning, dedication and endeavour and is the beating heart of the Foundation.
The centre is a place where people can come to explore their new identity as a disabled person and work towards what they want to achieve. To share their personal experiences and benefit from the advice of those who understand their unique challenges. With the opportunity to be assigned a mentor who has been affected by a similar injury, the centre provides an environment where people are inspired and supported to ensure that they Get Busy Living.
The Centre is open five days a week to beneficiaries and their families, whether they are coming to socialise, use the gym or receive rehabilitation with our physiotherapy team.
Here at the Get Busy Living Centre we are very fortunate to be able to offer specialist neuro physiotherapy provided by our physio Josie Ledbetter. Josie qualified in 2004 from the University of East London before working at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where she gained a wide range of physio experience within the hospital setting. However, Josie made the decision to move away from the NHS to allow her to focus on longer term rehabilitation, which is not available through the NHS and gained experience working for Hobbs Rehabilitation in Winchester before assisting in the start up on a local neuro rehabilitation centre Bridge4Rehab. It was there at Bridge4Rehab where she met Matt and the rest is history!
Josie has been with the Matt Hampson Foundation since June 2018, where she is able to offer regular one to one hands on neuro physiotherapy within the fabulous setting of the Get Busy Living Centre. Beneficiaries have access to a wide range of equipment including Functional Electrical Stimulation cycling and body weight supported gait/treadmill training as well as a large range of high quality gym equipment, the majority of which can be adapted to be used by most levels of disability. Josie also works very closely with our fabulous personal trainer Sutty so every beneficiary receives a coordinated fitness and rehabilitation program tailored to their individual needs. We are also able to offer sports massage and musculoskeletal rehabilitation through our qualified Sports Therapist George Thompson who can also regularly be seen assisting Josie during her physio sessions. The most important point to mention however is the camaraderie and positive atmosphere that is created here both by the team and the beneficiaries that use the centre. You cannot help but leave with a smile on your face which for many is the most important reason to come and be a part of the Get Busy Living family.
I became a qualified level 2 gym instructor and level 3 Disability Specialist Sports Coach through YMCA in 2015. Then next year I did my level 3 Personal Trainer qualification through Lifetime Training. I was late into the fitness industry because for many years I was a heating engineer but after many head concussions from playing rugby, it caused me to get a neurological movement disorder called Dystonia. Which affects my mouth and hands. With this, I couldn't be a heating engineer anymore. Fitness and training helped me to overcome my disability physically and mostly mentally. I wanted to show others like me that fitness can help them also. I've known Hambo for many years through rugby and now I'm here. Doing what I love most!
I've been at the centre since October 2018 where I offer one to one personal training sessions to our beneficiaries. I also run two circuit classes a week. Where some of the beneficiaries come and train together. We've got a wide range of gym equipment specialised for our beneficiaries including a hand crank, SkiErg, personalised bench press, double handled medicine balls, Kaiser and much more. We're spoilt for choice. I work very closely with the amazing neuro physio Josie. Who has helped me grow into a better coach more than she knows? Were not just a team but a family.