The title of this blog, “Love, Belief and Balls”, was originally the working title of a book I was writing about my experience as a male counsellor working with male clients.
The book is still to see the light of day but I decided to use the title for this collection of random thoughts.
I am 61 years old. I am the father of Steven, a 30 year old man with autism. I work as a counsellor,writer, advocate & public speaker. I support Leeds United FC. In 2017, after a 5 year absence, I took up bodybuilding again. I am sad that I will never hear a new Beautiful South album. I don’t like bananas. I get to speak at the most fabulous legal, social care & advocacy conferences around the country.
In 2018 I discovered I had a cancerous tumour in my urachus. Four days after the first operation I had a heart attack. I was all clear for 18 months but then a new tumour was discovered in my prostate. The over 60s bodybuilding competition is on hold whilst I discover who I am again.
I have had 5 books published: Get Steven Home; There’s Always Something Or Other With Mr Neary; Where Have All The Milkmen Gone; Steven Neary’s Tips For A Good Life. My latest book, Lines, was published on 13th July 2020. It is a mixture of fact and fiction and explores how Steven & I have been shaped by our ancestors going back 200+ years.
The talk I gave at the 2017 National Advocacy Conference can be seen here:
I am very proud of my involvement in #LBBill & #7Daysofaction & Rightful Lives – three campaigns that are trying to establish a few common human decencies for the disabled and learning disabled and to end the practice of institutionalizing .