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10 March 2022

“I love it. The whole reason I wanted to get involved with the Community Trust was to give back to the services in Ipswich that helped me”

As a part of the Club’s Community Day, which will take place on Saturday, 12 March for the home fixture against Portsmouth, the Club’s media team spoke to Chris Moore.

Chris, who has recently been appointed as the health and wellbeing activator for the Club’s Community Trust, suffers from Active Psychosis as well as severe anxiety and depression. He spoke of his enjoyment working with the Trust, and how his work helps him stay positive.

“I’m loving it so far. I can get stuck into it, and I really want to work," Chris said.

"It’s all about deciding which projects I want to take part in and helping the community in whatever way I can.

“I first got involved with the Community Trust while I was under mental health care; my support worker already had a connection with Leanne [Smith] and Sarah [Dooley] who both work within the Community Trust.

“I initially went along to see if I could help and volunteer, and I was then told of the new role as the health and wellbeing activator that was coming up.”

The Club’s Community Trust aims to reach all corners of the local community, whether that be through football and sport-based activities, to other schemes such as the Dementia Café, that acts as a reminiscence space for Town fans with Alzheimer’s and dementia which Chris played a large part in the setting up of.

“I have also worked with nutrition companies, trying to play a part in tackling food poverty, as well as inclusive disability sessions.

“Whatever comes across the desk that I can get involved in, I’m jumping out at it with both hands.”

When asked about his own battle with mental health, and the difficulties faced in his everyday life, Chris was quick to pay compliments to the Community Trust and how the positive conditions have helped him.

“I suffer with Active Psychosis currently, along with severe anxiety and depression. With my Active Psychosis, I have three voices that I hear in my head constantly, which is hugely taxing. It makes it difficult to fall asleep and has really affected my daily life.

“The Community Trust have been so supporting. They have helped me change my working hours and allowed me to have days working from home. I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity.

“I love it. The whole reason I wanted to get involved with the Community Trust was to give back to the services in Ipswich that helped me. It’s such rewarding work to see people come and take part in sport”

For more information on the Club's Community Day this weekend, click here.

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