The Launch of In Your Corner
The In Your Corner programme, which focuses on improving people’s physical and mental health through boxing, was initiated in 2014. It was the creation of psychiatrist, Patrick Davey, and Occupational Therapist, Warren Dunkley, both of whom worked at an adult inpatient mental health unit. Their shared passion for mental health and their love of sport sparked the idea to develop a wellbeing model which they shared with the British Boxing Board. They then teamed up with Ashley Newman, who Warren had coached and boxed with in an amateur and professional capacity for over 20 years, to create a group through connections with Swanley Boxing – In Your Corner.
Since its inception, the In Your Corner team have delivered hundreds of non-contact boxing sessions to adults and young people across the London and Kent regions – in schools, hospitals, business, and in the community. In the sessions are led by qualified boxing and health professionals who engage with individuals and focus on improving and managing participants mental health symptoms, using a fully integrated approach which tackles personal and social issues.
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.