The Crawley Observer reports on the big news – abob’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service 2015. In it, Chief Executive, Nathan Roberts, recognises “the contribution of over 150 men from Brighton, Crawley and Eastbourne who have stepped up to work with troubled young men across our county.” He also pays tribute to the wider context of this news when he says: “What … Read More
Theo Merz from Telegraph Man online joined a Beyond The Hero weekend. Here he interviews Michael Boyle about what abob can offer in terms of a rites of passage experience to young men. Merz also announces the news about abob’s expansion to London and Thames Valley. Exciting times. “The purpose of initiation is to align the individual with the tribe, … Read More
A DAD who admits he cannot understand how he avoided going to prison after dozens of convictions has transformed his life and now dreams of opening a business to benefit families across Crawley. Stephen Raikes racked up 33 convictions and 19 court appearances for a string of crimes ranging from shoplifting to assault. The birth of his two young children … Read More
The Crawley News picks up on the great work being done by Band of Brothers there. This is mentee, Stephen Raikes’ story.
Men’s Hour NYE Special which went out on Radio 5 at 11am and 9pm on Jan 1st 2015 featured men telling their extraordinary life stories – one of these was mentee, Chris Smith who was in prison a year ago but with the support of the abob community, has now become a brilliant member of the community himself. Here – … Read More
A glittering prize has been won by organiser, fundraiser and all-round irrepressible abob supporter, Eastbourne dweller, Paul Apps. Out of hundreds of entrants, Paul has won the BBC Sussex and Surrey Community Heroes Award for Volunteering. On Dec 10th, Paul and his wife Alison attended the celebration dinner. At the start, Paul knew he’d been shortlisted but nothing more. “When … Read More
The Rotary Club of Brighton gave Mark a Citizens Award on December 17th for his outstanding contributions through abob to the Brighton community. The awards ceremony was at the Royal Albion Hotel. Mark says: “I felt suitably honoured and accepted my framed certificate with humility and gratitude; knowing the full magnitude of the task presenting itself to us men of … Read More
that’s what the charity is funded for.
ABOB hosts weekly sessions with volunteer men- tors, who admit their own weaknesses and struggles to the young men. “It doesn’t work unless there’s a mutual exchange… What we’re trying to provide is an antidote to that environment where, when I was at school, the teachers would say ‘I am a teacher, I am perfect’, and you know that they haven’t got it all worked out, yet there’s no honesty about that.”
CEO Nathan Roberts has been named as runner up in the Sunday Times Change Maker Nathan Roberts 40 Abandofbrothers is a charity that helps troubled young men, usually ex-prisoners, to rebuild their lives with training weekends and then a 13-week mentoring period. He says “We believe that as older adult men, who had already navigated the difficult transition into manhood, … Read More
He has a string of convictions for violent crimes and was released from jail for the fourth time in January. With this in mind, it would be easy to assume that Chris Smith is not a role model for other young men in Crawley. But the 23-year-old has under-gone a remarkable transformation. The individuals who finally got through to him … Read More