Being paid for running courses for people to lose weight is a dream come true for one Whitchurch-based slimming consultant.

Tina Hayward, who has run Slimming World Groups since 2003 after losing an amazing two-and-a half stones herself, has made it her mission to help others transform their lives like she has in Whitchurch and Wem.

“This really is the best job in the world as far as I’m concerned,” said Tina.

“Having lost weight myself I know what an enormous difference it can make to your life and so being able to help people to change their life like I have really is the most rewarding thing.

“As a franchisee I love being my own boss and I’m lucky to have the flexibility to continue to enjoy a busy family and social life.

“I always believe that you get out what you put in and that’s certainly the case at Slimming World, with the number of people you can help, in the excellent training and support you get and with the generous financial returns.

“I’d absolutely recommend the role to anyone looking for a rewarding job.”

Slimming World director of field operations, Lisa Salmon, added: “In the current economic climate people might be wary about starting up a business, which is why it’s so important to choose an option that has a strong structure and excellent training, and can be set up in your own local area.

“All of our consultants originally joined us as Slimming World members, giving them an understanding of what it’s like to struggle with their weight and all have had success on the plan.”

A Slimming World franchise costs from £1,500. For this, consultants receive foundation training at the Slimming World Academy on the nutritional foundations of food optimising, Slimming World’s healthy eating plan, the psychology of weight loss and facilitating healthy lifestyle changes through a range of behaviour change methods.

They are also supported with all the equipment they need to run a successful group and a well-trained management and support team. Successful Slimming World Consultants with good group sizes can earn more than £25,000 a year for around 20 hours’ work per week.

For more information or to join Tina’s groups, pop along to Wem Methodist Church every Wednesday at 5pm and 7pm or every Thursday at Whitchurch Civic Centre at 10am, midday, 5pm and 7pm or call Tina on 07894 225813 for further information.