Slimming World seeks new consultants for community weight loss groups
Slimming World has launched a recruitment drive for new weight loss consultants to run weekly groups in local communities across the UK and Ireland.
Members joining a Slimming World local group aim to lose weight by following a healthy eating plan alongside an activity programme, which the member takes at their own pace to gradually become more active so that exercise is part of a daily routine, encouraging health habits for life.
Franchisee Cher Nedd, who runs a Slimming World group in Tottenham, London, sits in on a Slimming World Consultant training session.
The Derbyshire-based company’s recent research looked at how losing weight as part of a socially connected group can help achieve weight loss success. Slimming World polled 7,700 members of its community groups. Three in four members who responded to the survey said they were more confident and self-assured (74%) as a result and 93% of its members felt committed to their weight loss.
Slimming World says its opportunity comes as many struggle with being overweight and evidence suggests that obesity rates have risen during the Covid pandemic, which can lead to associated health risks including hypertension, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.
Wendy Cosgrove, director of field management UK West and Ireland at Slimming World, said: “Being a consultant is a hugely rewarding role that gives the unique satisfaction of helping people to live healthier, happier lives.
“Providing opportunities for real-life connection with others, in a powerfully motivating weight loss group setting, is key to stemming the tide of the obesity epidemic and provide the authentic sense of belonging that people are searching for.
“We’d welcome anyone who is passionate about motivating and supporting members through empathy and compassion to apply.”
Slimming World said its business model offers a chance to work flexible hours to suit most lifestyles and its full training and ongoing support helps consultants build a successful franchise, whilst being part of a brand that has been helping people to lead healthier lives for more than 50 years.
Fiona Manwell, director of field management for UK East and Scotland, said: “Slimming World is so successful because we recruit people who understand and empathise with those who struggle with their weight. Everyone who works with Slimming World is instinctively warm, caring and kind, with a sense of fun. We all have a real desire to share the life-changing benefits of losing weight.
“We have consultants who run several groups and it’s their full-time role, as well as consultants who work part-time and work around their family or another job. We’ve recently launched a new website which sets out what it takes to become a consultant and why it is such a rewarding role.”
Zoe Mole, Slimming World consultant for Wimbourne, Dorset, who joined the company after deciding to leave a sales role position following the birth of her daughter, said: “Walking into a Slimming World group as a member I found myself in a roomful of people who didn’t judge me and I was made to feel really welcome.
“As a consultant myself now, I always remember that and I think having the strength and courage to walk into a group when you’re at your lowest is something to be very proud of.
“I want to help people change their lives like I’d changed mine. It really is the most incredibly rewarding role, seeing people step off the scales feeling great about themselves and their achievements each week – especially when you know yourself exactly how brilliant that feels.
“You get loads of support, encouragement and training from Slimming World in the background too. I also love the flexibility as I’ve been able to juggle the role with family life to suit us all while also ensuring a good income.”
Slimming World was founded by Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE in Derbyshire in 1969. The company highlights that it is proud to work with various organisations including the NHS, the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities and The Royal College of Midwives to help shape the future of weight management in the UK and Ireland.