Visually-impaired Melton mum Sasha Archer is celebrating the start of her new business venture as a remedial massage therapist after 18 months of unemployment.
Sasha, who is registered blind, previously worked for Her Majesty’s Prison Service, but was forced to leave in 2012 as a result of the Good Friday 2009 riot at, and eventual closure of, HMP Ashwell.
Having spent 12 productive years in psychology and drugs rehabilitation roles, she was forced to transfer to HMP Stocken but found herself without a role.
This, combined with the remote location that prevented proper working and exercising of her guide dog, Keats, caused Sasha to become increasingly despondent.
But Sasha (43) decided to invest her settlement figure in re-training and opted for a ‘hands on’ skill, intentionally utilising her sense of touch.
Now qualified as a remedial massage therapist, self-employed Sasha is also studying for a higher-level diploma with the London School of Sports Massage.
Working under the business name ‘Hand Sense’, she’s based at the Melton Foot Clinic in Mill Street. Sasha works Tuesday and Friday mornings but hopes to build up a client base that will allow further and more flexible opening hours. She also hopes to have her website (www.handsense.co.uk) built soon. E-mail email@example.com