Sam’s regular Tuesday night 5-a-side football keeps him mentally and physically fit. Listening to music and playing the guitar are other ways that he finds keeps his mind healthy.

He has worked for 13 years in advocacy, mainly with people with learning disabilities at Choice Advocacy, but he also worked as an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate at VITAL previously. Over this time he has seen changes in advocacy, good and bad, as it has become more professionalised and he is concerned that this should not mean advocacy becoming  McDonaldised!

Sam has also had various roles in Bradford’s voluntary sector as he believes that one way in which the mental health of the community can improve is through opportunities, getting actively involved in changing things for the better.

What you might not know about Sam is that as well as enjoying reading fiction he is also trying to write himself. If you want recommendations for a ‘good read’ he is always happy to help – but be warned whenever his Friday night reading group reads one of his recommendations it always divides opinion!