19 June 2017
Reaching goals with BALP
A 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
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
"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.