abandofbrothers is a charity established by men committed to positive social change through personal development and community building. The organisation was born out of concern at the continuing escalation of self-destructive and anti-social behaviour among young men from every section of society, together with the realisation that any meaningful and sustainable solution entails the reclamation of shared local responsibility.

Central to all of our programmes are experiences that have come to be termed “rites of passage.”  Through this context we harness the integral goodwill of local adult men by providing them with a powerful training that develops mentoring skills, emotional intelligence and enhances authenticity and confidence. This in turn empowers these men to provide a rites of passage training and ongoing mentorship to the young men of their community.

The mentors hail from very varied walks of life and currently include local businessmen, tradesmen, film makers, actors and even Chief Executive of a large public company. They act as role models for local young men who are experiencing difficult life situations and provide them with acknowledgement, challenge and a whole range of other coaching and support, both personal and practical, to enable them to turn their lives around.

By bringing generations of men together to collaborate in a meaningful and common purpose, abandofbrothers acts as a catalyst for creating social capital at a local level.

We work in partnership with community leaders, local authorities, educationalists, health professionals and all service providers who are seeking an effective way to engage and marshal the energy of male youth.

For more on our aims and ethos, click here

“If we attempt to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening our own self-understanding, our own freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, we will not have anything to give to others.” – Thomas Merton

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The Problem

Men account for 8 out of 10 people cautioned by the police, and nearly 9 out of 10 people found guilty for indictable offences are men. Men are responsible for 97% of burglary and 92% of violence against the person.

The Causes

We live in a society largely stalled at adolescence. Many adult men seem to relish and prolong adolescence for decades. However tempting it may be to blame and punish disaffected youth, a range of adolescent psychopathologies are all too easy to identify in many adult men across the social spectrum.

Our Solution

How might your life have been different if, when you were a young man uncertain about something you could not begin to explain, or overwhelmed by the power of your own emotion, that there had been older men who would acknowledge your anger and confusion without advice or judgment?

Our Programmes

a Band of Brothers offers a range of programmes that provides training to would be mentors as well as mentees. Information on additional courses will follow shortly.

Mountain Men
  • Reoffending down by 80%
  • In employment 80%
  • Worthwhile 100%

What we do gets results

Changing the narrative of someone’s life is not an easy thing for the state to do.

Our narratives are formed and developed in organic ways throughout our lives. The training & mentoring we offer has been recognised and accredited by the University of Brighton as a process that is especially effective at helping these young men rewrite the narrative of their lives.54 young men have graduated from six programmes run to date with another 13 from Eastbourne to graduate later this year.

The results are remarkable, with an 80% drop in offending rates by those men and as many as 80% of them finding employment or going into further education. Additionally some of the young men have gone on to volunteer on community projects overseas with Raleigh and, more locally, with the Princes Trust. Additionally, seven of the young men have now stepped up more than once to staff training weekends for both the adult mentors and their own peers.

It is incredibly heart-warming to see how many of our recent applications and self-referrals have come from the personal recommendation of our graduates. For us, this is the very essence of community building.

I also recommended A Band of Brothers to my younger brother and, 2 years on, he’s just completed his training with them as well. It’s great to know there’s a project out there for men of all different ages and that me and my brother can stay involved for as long as we want

Tony

I have also staffed four weekend trainings with A Band of Brothers and it’s been really satisfying putting older men through their paces so that they can become great mentors for more young men like me.

Lucas

I am now nine months into my three year apprenticeship and on track to becoming a fully fledged technician. I start work at 8.30am and finish at 5.30pm. It’s my dream job and I feel so lucky to be doing something that I’m genuinely passionate about.

Bilal

Changing the world one man at a time.

We are working towards a society where young men and their families are supported through the difficult transition into manhood.

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