A charity helping young men from the town rebuild their lives has had a visit from Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell.
A Band of Brothers 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.
The charity trains men to become mentors for others. The training provides skills, emotional intelligence and boosts confidence. This in turn empowers these men to provide 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.
Caroline Ansell attended an event at Eastbourne Blind Society premises in Longstone Road recently.
The event was held to celebrate the young men ending their three-month long ‘quest’ of reconnecting with society and rebuilding their confidence with a ‘homecoming’ ceremony.
The men are often referred to Band of Brothers from different sources including the probation and young offending services.
Caroline said, “It was humbling to learn about this ceremony and to see young men, many from troubled pasts, take steps back into their families and community.
“The work of Band of Brothers and its dedicated volunteers is really magnificent and so vitally important if these young men are to get the insight and courage they desperately need to be the best they can be.”
A Band of Brothers believe in bringing generations of men together to collaborate in a meaningful and common purpose.
It works 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.
Nathan Roberts, co-ordinator for Eastbourne’s Band of Brothers, (pictured)met Caroline and told her about the services the charity provides.
Nathan has recently launched a campaign in a bid to help the charity to raise more money.
He is a scheme called Grow Your Own Tenner organised by localgiving.com.
The charity is trying to raise £10,000 in a month and the Government will match that funding if it is raised before November 18.
Nathan has already raised more than £680.
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