Mentor Case studies


Errol Murphy

I knew Royston from the Peckham Black Father’s and Manday groups. He told me about this rites of passage weekend for mentors and I was immediately interested. In Africa, young men experience rites of passage but not in Europe. I feel passionately about the need for rites of passage with young men here in London.

Gavin Burke

I’ve been promoting the idea of men working with boys in Kids Co for the past two years. I facilitate a Fathers and Sons group, with the aim to create a space where men, fathers and boys can support each other and first of all spend some time together. I have seen many boys craving for some quality time with their father or a male role figure.
MORGAN STACEY

Morgan Stacey

I like that being a mentor for abob is completely different to other sorts of mentoring. I like that it’s not about telling the young men to get a job, in fact that it’s not about telling them to do anything but instead creating a safe environment where they can deal with their emotional issues. A lot of issues for young men are caused by not knowing how to communicate their feelings and not having a community of men to support them.
Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly

I joined when I was 16, I come from a strongly military background, I’ve had uncles and grandfathers who were all in the army. I didn’t get much education so this was an opportunity for me. I was in Cyprus, the Falklands, Northern Ireland, the latter was intense, I was part of an eight man team just outside Belfast and we were continually under threat.

Sebastian Adamczyk

I’ve been promoting the idea of men working with boys in Kids Co for the past two years. I facilitate a Fathers and Sons group, with the aim to create a space where men, fathers and boys can support each other and first of all spend some time together. I have seen many boys craving for some quality time with their father or a male role figure.
Dominic Rudd

Dominic Rudd

I spent 12 years as an officer in the Marines. I was in the Falklands war and Northern Ireland. I still miss the camaraderie, the ease of trust between us because we’d all been through the same tough training, and the humour. But to operate effectively, I found myself shutting down my emotions, something I'd learnt to do well during 10 years at boarding school.

Dave Surridge

David Surridge, 42, Company director, and his eight year old son, Tommy. I’m not from Crawley originally but my wife Gemma and I decided to stay after we’d had children. I had a son and Crawley has had quite bad press around its youth and especially for its young male youth. I decided that I would like to be part of changing that in the community, most of all, so that my son Tommy would benefit. It was also a way of meeting other men. I didn’t really know any.

Finbarr Dooher

Finbarr Dooher, 29, works in a one-to-one capacity with young men (13-19) who are involved with patterns of violence at Act For Change.
Ken Hinds

Ken Hinds

Royston (who has been in abob for a few years) told me about the BTH weekend but I had no idea about the group. I was very apprehensive especially about camping; I'm a 5 star sort of man. It was like a blind date, I had to have blind faith.

Marc Senior

Case History, Marc Senior, 39, film-maker.

Gavin Webster

Gavin Webster, 43, former professional rugby player, now landlord and father.

Patrick Brown

Gavin Webster, 43, former professional rugby player, now landlord and father.

Royston John

61, father of 5, business coach/mentor at Centre for Mentoring and Coaching; CEO of National Coalition-Building Institute.

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