05 April 2019
Broadchurch actor visits sporting group for people with mental health difficulties
Bristol-born actor Joe Sims, who is best known for his role in
the hit television drama, Broadchurch, met members of a football
group, which has been set up to help people with mental health
Joe, who has also appeared in Red Dwarf, Britannia and Free
Rein, met staff and service users from Avon and Wiltshire Mental
Health Partnership (AWP) NHS Trust, who attend the weekly Recovery
Through Sport football sessions, in the Frenchay area of Bristol,
on Thursday 4 April.
As well as joining in the coaching session, which is run by the
Early Intervention in Psychosis team from AWP, Joe talked to
service users attending the session about his own experience of
living with mental health difficulties.
Mental Health Worker, Jacob Kelly, who set up the sessions,
said: "We are delighted that Joe has agreed to come along to one of
the Recovery Through Sport sessions. Joe has previously spoken
openly about his own experience with mental health and we hope the
service users who attend our sessions will be inspired to continue
their journey towards recovery and to live their best lives.
"Many of the service users who attend the weekly sessions have
been left feeling isolated and alone as a result of the stigma
attached to many mental health conditions, but after attending our
sessions for a couple of weeks we start to see them become more
confident, develop friendships and begin to take back control of
Chief Executive for Bristol Rovers Community Trust, Adam Tutton,
said: "As a well-known Bristol City fan, we were delighted that Joe
was happy to join the session and promote the idea that mental
health has no colours."
Joe said: "Mental well-being transcends footballing rivalries so
blue or red I'm only too happy to support any initiative that helps
people see and experience the huge benefits of sport, exercise,
teamwork and friendship when dealing with our own mental
The Recovery Through Sport Programme is run by staff from AWP
and supported by the Bristol Rovers Community Trust. It is a free
weekly football coaching session for adults with mental health
difficulties, and aims to improve their mental and physical health
through sport and exercise.
The sessions take place every Thursday between 3pm and 4.30pm at
Shaftesbury Park, Frenchay, Bristol, BS16 1LG. For more information
call 07785 342 192.