In Your Corner has been a registered charity since October 2018 set up by Ash, Patrick and Warren to support people suffering with their mental health.
The In Your Corner programme was initiated in 2014 when Patrick Davey, a psychiatrist, and Warren Dunkley, an Occupational Therapist, worked together in a professional mental health capacity at an adult inpatient unit. Both shared a passion for the sport and mental health, and this initiated the idea to develop a wellbeing model which they initially shared with the British Boxing Board.
This sparked the idea with Ashley Newman to create a group through connections with Swanley Boxing, where Warren and Ash had coached and boxed in an amateur and professional capacity for over 20 years.
The team have been facilitating non-contact boxing sessions with young adults and children in NHS mental health services at the Bracton Centre, Bexley; Green Parks House, Bromley; Barefoot Lodge rehab, Greenwich and the Woodlands Unit, Bexley since 2016. Run in council premises in Swanley, the sessions have steadily expanded to include other units in London and Kent with the intention on extending the service into more mental health service/rehab units, schools and corporates.
The sessions address the underlying and complex mental health problems in London and Kent, communities offering a holistic approach programme addressing some of the following underlying causes:
- Poor employability skills
- Mental health problems
- Low self-esteem
- Low confidence
- Low educational attainment
- Poor interpersonal/social skills