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 60 years old. I am the father of Steven, a 29 year old man with autism. I work as a counsellor,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 am now all clear but the over 60s bodybuilding competition is on hold whilst I discover who I am again.
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 .