Mind wins Third Sector Excellence Award

Mind in Croydon employee, Michel Thizy, has won the prestigious ‘Employee Innovation’ category in the Third Sector Excellence Awards 2008.  Michel was nominated for his ingenious Mental Health Boxercise programme which has helped 40 clients so far to get healthier, improve their social networks and gain confidence.

Michel, who has worked as a Welfare Benefits Advisor with Mind in Croydon for over 6 years, had the idea after joining Duke McKenzie’s boxing gym in Thornton Heath.  He recognised Duke’s ability to engage with people and saw an opportunity to start a Boxercise group to improve the mental and physical health of clients. The project was able to develop with the financial support of Croydon Primary Care Trust and crucial input from Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Deji Ayonrinde.

Michel has been commended for his dedication to the clients, ensuring that they attend sessions, and getting them hooked on the gym.

The award ceremony was held at the exclusive Hurlingham Club in Fulham on the 18th November.  Presenting this award was Paul Ross. 

The judges were impressed by Michel’s "extraordinary commitment" to developing and running the scheme. "It's such a creative idea," said judge, Peter Atfield. "It has made a huge difference to people in a very difficult area of work."

We would all like to offer our warmest congratulations to Michel.

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