Slam H offers a unique service and support for vulnerable young adults, providing an exercise programme which helps participants turn their life around. Part of its strength lies in the skills of its leader Dave Gauder, who is charismatic, committed and a skilled coach with a lots of experience in anti-bullying workshops.
As the holder of 26 world records for physical strength, Big Dave’s experience underpins his advice and he is well respected by the people he works with. Dave feels that the participants are more likely to open up to him because he isn’t part of the establishment and he is able develop positive, trusting relationships with them.
One of the probation officers who supported the project said: “This programme is not only about physical attributes but the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the individual. This could clearly be seen with the enthusiasm, self belief and change of attitude that exuded from those who attended.”
Participant Nathaniel describes how before he started the course he was in a bad way, was kicked out of his parents house for his anger issues and kept getting into trouble with the police. “Then I started this course, am back living at my mum’s and have bettered myself in every way,” he says. “I have now started training to work in a casino, going to the gym five times a week, not getting angry and feeling happy.”