19 June 2017

Reaching goals with BALP

BALPproudA Bristol Active Life Project (BALP) service user has let us know about his inspirational progress and we want to congratulate him on his continuing recovery!

BALP promotes recovery by engaging individuals with severe and enduring mental illness in a range of community-based physical activities.

He said "I have been attending BALP football sessions for three years I was 23 stone when I started, now I am 14 stone. To begin with I found it really difficult to wake up in the morning because of my medication. However the more I attended the football the more I started to lose weight and the easier it became to wake up in the morning.

"BALP has been a key element in my recovery giving me the courage to start voluntary work as a receptionist and work in a cafe as a kitchen assistant, which has given me the courage to start a hospitality course at Learn Direct.

"Due to my commitment attending football, which has helped with my recovery, I was selected to represent the Street Football Team England Squad 2017 which was a great experience. I travelled to London and was taken out of my comfort zone, where I met a large group of people and I handled it really well.

"As a result I will be representing the Street Football Team England Squad 2017 in a tournament in Portugal in July, and also take part in workshops, training sessions and cultural activities. In the future I want to get into full time work and continue on the road to recovery with BALP."

We are AWProud of the service user and wish him the best with his continuing recovery.

A big well done to the BALP team.

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