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Empowerment are delighted to announce that former professional football player Paul Stewart is our new Patron.

Paul started his career at Blackpool FC and went on to play for Man City, Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool, Sunderland and Stoke City.

Residing in his home town of Blackpool, Paul was one of the first footballers to come forward in 2016, waiving his anonymity, to speak out about the physical and sexual abuse he suffered as a junior footballer at the hands of his youth coach. His struggles with drug addiction, depression and suicide which ultimately tells a story of the constant battle with mental health of which he travels worldwide speaking about.

Sharing his personal story in the hope it will help other survivors overcome the debilitating effects of abuse, is how Empowerment and Paul first started their journey together.

After inviting Paul to speak at the Blackpool International Men’s Day, Mike Crowther, CEO of Empowerment, took the opportunity to develop the relationship with Paul as together they have a shared passion of Empowerments vision, mission and values –  to advocate, challenge domestic abuse, co-produce and tackle social isolation

Sharing the values of working with kindness, equality and justice means that together Paul and Empowerment can start to make real life changes to people living in Blackpool.



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