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1258. Dave Earle

Dave Earle, from Banbury, is the founder of ‘Tribus’ which combines physical activity, CBT and mentoring and has helped over 300 people with mental health difficulties and addictions get well and into the workplace.

Dave Earle

An amateur boxing coach, Dave first began offering classes for people with drug and alcohol problems through his work with ‘Turning Point’, an addiction treatment centre, before deciding to open up the classes to a wider audience after realising that many substance abuse problems stemmed from mental ill health. Formed in 2017, ‘Tribus’ is a voluntary organisation offering a free service that works alongside fitness and cognitive behavioural coaching.

Dave received his award from the Chancellor Sajid Javid at a Downing Street reception marking Black History Month.

In a personal letter to Dave, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:

“As we mark World Mental Health Day, allow me to offer my own recognition of ‘Tribus’ and how you are helping hundreds of people improve their wellbeing and realise their potential by getting back into education and work.”

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