NACCC would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Christian Dixon, CEO at ACC Dudley – on being awarded the British Empire Medal for services to mental health in Dudley and the Black Country.

Christian runs the ACC Child Contact Centre in Dudley which is accredited to provide supported family time to children in the Dudley area. Christian spent hundreds of hours, during the first wave of Covid-19 to develop a groundbreaking and free toolkit to help parents who would usually only see their children at a supervised contact centre to see and communicate with them remotely, whilst showing parents practical and creative tools to keep their children engaged.

This initiative became so successful it was funded by The National Lottery and rolled out nationwide. We were delighted to award him an Innovative practice award for this work during the pandemic. Christian told us:

I am in shock on receiving the news but overjoyed at the same time

Christian Dixon, CEO ACC Dudley, The AOC, The Arts of Change

The 57-year-old has worked with the national mental health charity Mind and the National Probation Service, leading a number of training programmes. He set up the charity the Arts of Change Trust and the CiC the Arts of Change Ltd, which has since provided more than one million therapeutic sessions to disadvantaged people experiencing mental health issues. He also managed the successful ‘The Dementia Poetry programme’ which supported dementia gateways across the Black Country and helped sufferers to explore their own experiences, through the creation of poetry as a way to express themselves.

Christian took his love of working as a professional actor and passion for helping others and combined them together to train as a dramatherapist. He was made a fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and helped raise thousands of pounds for other local charities across the Black Country.  He recently qualified as a clinical supervisor, meaning he provides ethical guidance and clinical support for other professional therapists and counsellors around the world. Congratulations again!

ACC Contact Centre Dudley

The Art of Change Trust

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