Cook & Taste and Boxercise start soon!

Cook & Taste

Want to brush up on your cooking skills?
Join our cook and taste session where we learn to cook different dishes each week.
Location: Orchard House
Next Group: Monday 6th Nov
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: FREE


Come and train with three times World Champion, Duke McKenzie, using non-contact boxing techniques.
Location: Crystal Palace
Next Group: Starts 3rd Nov
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: FREE

Heads Together Launches

Prince Harry and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined forces to launch their new project ‘Heads Together’ on Monday 16th May 2016. The aim of the project is to bring together 8 leading mental health charities, raise awareness and end the stigma associated with mental health.

Duke McKenzie who provides our Boxercise sessions for Active Minds/Get Set To Go and two of the service users (Jade Jennings and Stephanie Woe) met the royals and put them to the test with some sparring.

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More information on the project and all of the charities involved can be found at:



Want to get fit and meet new people? Why not come along to our Boxercise sessions.  Every Friday from 12pm-1.30pm at Duke’s Gym in Crystal Palace

  • Each session involves a structured programme of boxing training and circuit work, covering aspects of boxing techniques and fitness training. (The programme is non-contact, with people only hitting bags or pads).
  • Helps to improve your physical fitness
  • Builds your confidence and self-esteem
  • Meet new people

Contact the Active Minds team on or on 020 8253 8206.

Steph goes from strength to strength

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Steph, who started Boxercise with Mind in Croydon has just won her 3rd Amateur boxing bout and hopes to gain a British University Championships Medal.

She says; “The Boxing with Duke, organised through Mind in Croydon’s Active Mind’s service, has really helped me in terms of everyday life also. I gained the confidence to embark on a Masters Degree in September in Sports Management. It’s been very challenging but I’ve so far gained some great grades and again boxing has really helped me to focus and to deal with the stresses of this in a constructive way. I’ve also heard this week that I’ve been successful in my application to work for Mind as part of the “Get Set to Go” programme”.

“I’m thoroughly looking forward to inspiring other people with mental health difficulties to access sport, to work on their individual recovery and receive the amazing benefits of taking part in sport”

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Jeremy Vine visits Boxercise

Duke McKenzie sparring with Jeremy Vine
Duke McKenzie sparring with Jeremy Vine

In March BBC Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine and representatives from Comic Relief came to visit the Active Minds’ Boxercise project at Duke McKenzie’s gym. The purpose of the visit was to record a short piece for Jeremy Vines’ weekly show on Radio 2 and broadcast it during the week long Sport Relief fundraising campaign, to explain to Comic Relief’s donors the types of project that their money helps to support.

We invited Brian and Steph, who have both previously attended the six week Boxercise programme, to be interviewed about their experience and how engaging with the project has really helped them deal with their mental health issues and improve wellbeing. It took courage for them to give the interview but we are so glad they did; they both spoke openly and honestly about themselves and the benefits of taking part, and hopefully will inspire other people with mental health problems to give it a try.

Due to time constraints they only used Steph’s interview in the broadcast, it was only 2 minutes long, but we are very pleased with end product – short but sweet and importantly shows that our Boxercise project can be life-changing.