Fran Cabeza-West

James Wong

Community Mentor for the Midlands and North   What attracted you to abob in the first place? It was 2015, I was facing some personal challenges and I realised that part of me had not grown up. I started studying about archetypes and participating in workshops that led to more self-enquiry and growth, one of which was led by an … Read More

Richard Good

James Wong

Richard Good, 58, works for Eden International, Cornwall abob   How did you know about abob? I met Thurstan Crockett who was doing one of our courses at Eden and I instantly had a strong connection with him. I am known for building fires at Eden, few people build one for me and Thurstan did. I was moved that he’d … Read More

Phil Howes, retired Head of Children’s Service

James Wong

Phil Howes, 73, retired Head of Children’s Services, mentor Eastbourne    How did you know about abob? I made a friend in Eastbourne who was part of abob. Funnily enough, I thought that the abob programme would be perfect for me as a retired Head of Children’s Services. I’d been involved in social services for over 40 years. I thought … Read More

Pete Dobson, Probation Officer

James Wong

Pete Dobson, 56, Engagement Officer for Probation, Brighton.   How did you know about abob? I joined the CRC as a volunteer peer mentor in 2017 because I’d been in prison myself. Then started as a Case Support Worker in Jan 2018. Before lockdown I used to run a One Stop Shop for Service Users, where they could engage with … Read More

Cllr Steve Wallis

James Wong

About Steve I was first introduced to A Band of Brothers during a ‘Homecoming’ in June 2019 and attended my ‘Rites of Passage’ in September 2019. I found the experience very powerful, and it helped me understand myself better. I have since trained as a mentor and find this work vitally important. It’s a privilege and honour to be elected … Read More

Izzi Polehampton

James Wong

Izzi Polehampton, 49, carpenter, Falmouth, Cornwall   How long have you been in abob? This is my fifth year. I found out about abob from a friend that I used to go to a spa with, that is the pool and sauna we used to go to. He talked to me about abob in terms of being the right place … Read More

Keith Lesser

James Wong

Keith Lesser, 36, Penzance   How did you know about abandofbrothers?  I was in a Fatherhood Support group in Cornwall called Remembering our Roots which was a big deal for me in the first place. I have mental health issues but I never imagined myself in a Fatherhood support group. Anyway it did prepare me for abob and James who ran … Read More

Alan Larkin

Andy Clark

I am 48 and work as a Maintenance Engineer in a factory close to my home in Camborne.  I live with my 17yr old son, Jake and our dog, Mario. Feeling lost after losing my wife to cancer in 2015, I joined A Band of Brothers in November 2017, not really knowing what it was about. Since then I have … Read More

Patrick Tumilty

Andy Clark

I completed my ABoB Beyond the Hero weekend in early 2019, having first read about the charity’s work in The Guardian. The weekend was a challenging, energizing and powerful experience for me. Since then, I have been part of the ABoB community here in Bristol, where I live and work. After completing my training, I have mentored as part of … Read More