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Welcome to The Frank Bruno Foundation

Building Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds

The Foundation's Core Programme 

Anyone can be affected by mental health issues and we recognise that this can start at a very young age. Many different things can trigger mental health difficulties. Many people feel they can not talk about difficulties they are facing. This could be because of fear of being judged, being isolated and having no one to talk to, feeling ashamed, not understanding why they feel the way they do and/or being unsure of what help is available.

The Frank Bruno Foundation will offer wellbeing programmes and  structured non-contact boxing sessions for any one over the age of 10 years old; who are experiencing problems with mental ill health, The Round by Round programme will consist of  2 weekly sessions of emotional wellbeing and non-contact boxing. Sessions will be age and ability appropriate. The centre will be open 5 days a week for different clients to access. To discuss future referrals in the first instance please contact info@thefrankbrunofoundation.co.uk.

The aim is to bring healthy-body and healthy mind approaches together to provide a holistic and enjoyable approach to supporting all clients with mental ill health.

This may help:

• Increase self-confidence 

• Improve self-regulation 

• Develop self-worth 

• Develop social skills

• Increase mental wellbeing 

 
Focusing on these key areas will help to support social inclusion and to fight stigma. The programme will strive to assist participants to, build on their existing physical and emotional strengths and achievements. Our aspiration is that participants will use the skills they learn on the programme to develop a happier, more fulfilling and successful future.

Stay in Work Scheme

It is widely reported that mental ill health will affect one in four people at some point in their lives. People with mental health problems frequently suffer discrimination in the work place and feel unable to talk through their difficulties, for example because of fear, judgement, embarrassment and/or stigma. When people are struggling to cope this leads to taking time off and may sometimes result in long term sick leave.

The ‘stay in work scheme’ is aimed to help professionals who may be struggling with mental health difficulties, stay in work and prevent long term sickness. The aim is to provide the service to help, aid and support participants through their difficulties and give them the tools and skills to manage their own mental health. The aim of the Foundation is to provide a 12 week, once weekly, well-being programme complemented with structured non-contact boxing sessions in addition, we offer a needs led 16 week wrap around service for professionals asset with any impacting factors, for example housing, money worries, addiction, family difficulties and bereavement.

Employers will offer the opportunity for participants to take one morning or afternoon a week to attend sessions whilst still continuing to stay at work. The aim is to bring healthy body and healthy mind approaches together to provide a holistic and enjoyable approach to supporting clients with mental ill health. This may help:

• Increase self-confidence

• Improve self-regulation

• Develop self-worth

• Develop social skills

• Increase mental wellbeing

Focusing on these key areas will help to support inclusion and to fight stigma. The programme will strive to assist participants to build on their existing physical and emotional strengths and achievements. Our aspiration is that participants will use the skills they learn on the programme to develop a happier, more fulfilled and successful future.

Wrap Around Service 

An initial consultation will be conducted with participants to identify any factors that might hinder progression within the round by round programme.We will then, through the use of a mentoring scheme, help participants with the relevant issues. This scheme will roll over up to 4 weeks past the 12 week programme and be part of the exit strategy. The focus of the Frank Bruno Foundation 12 week programme is to support participants to build on their existing strengths and to develop new life skills.

Alongside this we aim to provide additional supports and advocacy in helping participants to resolve impacting or environmental factors. This is a need led service. If we fell it is not something we can assist with, we will endeavour to seek support or signpost. 

Our mentos will assist and help with the issues including:

Housing advice, engaging service  |  Benefits, form filling, general advice  |  Counselling  |  Debt 
Addiction  |  CV writing  |  Seeking voluntary roles in the community  |  Volunteering with TFBF 
Club memberships-Gym, swimming, knitting etc  |  Foodbanks  |  Workshops  |  Advocacy

Frank's vision

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The Frank Bruno Foundation is a direct result of Frank wanting to give something back to the community. Frank has faced challenges both in and out of the ring and has always done so with determination, dignity, humour and humility.

It is Frank’s bravery and honesty in talking about his battles with mental health issues, which continue to earn him the respect of those whose affection he won as a boxer. It is fitting then that supporting sufferers of mental ill-health is where Frank feels his attention is best focussed.

Frank has spoken openly of how exercise has played a vital role throughout his life whilst training as a professional boxer, and more recently in his battle with mental health challenges. Through his recent autobiography Frank has found the benefits of talking and sharing his experiences has not only enabled him to help others but the public responses have empowered him to accept his own previous mental health challenges.

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'Motto of life... You have to try to keep going.'

Frank Bruno 2017