abandofbrothers 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
Central to all of our programmes are experiences that have come to be termed “rites of passage.” Through this context we harness the integral goodwill of local adult men by providing them with a powerful training that develops mentoring skills, emotional intelligence and enhances authenticity and confidence. This in turn empowers these men to provide a rites of passage 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.
By bringing generations of men together to collaborate in a meaningful and common purpose, Abandofbrothers acts as a catalyst for creating social capital at a local level.
We work 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.
For more on our aims and ethos, click here.
"If we attempt to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening our own self-understanding, our own freedom, integrity, and capacity to love, we will not have anything to give to others."
- Thomas Merton