Where it all began
Abandofbrothers was established by in Brighton by Michael Boyle and Nathan Roberts. Two very aware and passionate men committed to positive social change through personal development and community building.
Since conception the Brighton our community has grown to over 100 mentors working with over 50 local young men, primarily from the infamous Whitehawk Estate. Regular meetings are held on the Estate and we have been given an allotment which looks out over Ditchling Beacon, the sea and beyond were we regularly meet to tend the soil, grow our own fruit and vegetables and introduce men to the wonders of naturally frown food comes from.
The impact on the young men, who have come through our community, has been profound to say the least, with dozens of inspirational stories of transformation. Many young men have gone on to become mentors themselves and work with the even younger males on the estate, which in turn has made The Whitehawk Community as safer, friendlier and healthier place for all to live.
Our work in Brighton has brought generations of men, both young and older together to work together in a meaningful and common purpose. Abandofbrothers acts as a catalyst for creating social capital at a local level.
Our work in Brighton is in partnership with community leaders, local authorities, educationalists, health professionals and all service providers who are seeking an effective way to engage and inspire the energy of male youth.
The Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ section invited Abob’s CEO, Nathan Roberts, to write about why the prison crisis is happening. Nathan explains: “Young men don’t mature psychologically until their mid-20s. Condemning so many to the toxic environment of our jails is a recipe for re-offending and suicide” in a very strong piece.