Empire Fighting Chance


We have two programmes with the NHS aimed to increase both physical and mental wellbeing.

Mental Health

We run numerous programmes in partnership with the Avon and Wiltshire mental health service. This partnership is building upon the success we have previously had working with adults suffering from mental health problems.

These programmes run from a general dedicated ‘Box Fit’ session through to a patient centric, holistic programme that offers mentoring, counselling and access to better employment and education prospects.

These sessions can be run either on a one to one or group basis.

We offer separate sessions for young people and adults suffering from mental health issues and can also be used as a preventative, early intervention service. Our services can be access via:

  • Hospital
  • GP referrals

Outcomes of these sessions can include:

  • Better mental health
  • Less reliance on medicated intervention
  • Improved physical health
  • Improved treatment of BME groups
  • Reduced stigma of mental health issues

For further information please contact us.


The Empire obesity programme has been formed in partnership with Profession Julian Hamilton Shield MB,ChB, MD(Bristol), MRCP, FRCPCH who is a Professor in Diabetes and Metabolic Endocrinology.

The obesity programme works with young people and adults who are suffering from obesity. We work with:

  • The Bristol Children’s Hospital
  • Young people signposted by their GP
  • Adults signposted by their GP

This is a city wide programme that is designed to provide a number of long term outcomes including:

  • Weight Loss
  • Improved self confidence
  • Improved self esteem
  • Body composition changes
  • Addressing any underlying psychological issues with a counselling service • Better understanding of food and nutrition
  • Increased activity rates

Please note that this programme is not designed for quick and unsustainable weight loss. People who work with could be part of the programme for 12 months plus.

Programme includes:

  • Exercise sessions
  • Mentoring
  • Nutritional advice
  • Counselling service where appropriate
  • Support groups, both in person and via social media

We aim to change Bristol’s and the nationwide attitude to obesity and weight loss.
The programmes are monitored and evaluated by a team of clinicians at the hospital trust.

Empire Fighting Chance is a charity and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales. Charity No. 1156690 Company No. 8752389. Registered office The Mill, Lower Ashley Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 0YJ