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Forever Ahead Community's strength lies not only in the words we stand by, but most importantly through the actions of our initiatives.  We provide a service that is accessible, donation based (fully funded where needed) and valued by its clients with the ambition to utilise all aspects of the community.  We have a blend of qualified staff, volunteers and placement students.  

We always welcome the chance to work with other agencies and charities to deliver the support our clients need to to ensure that local community life is something they are proud to be a part of.

Our Story

 In November 2019, Former CEO Adrian teamed up with former Trustee of ADAS, Paul Harvey and expert counsellor and group facilitator Claire DeShon to launch Forever Ahead Community®.

Claire completed a Diploma in Adlerian Counselling in 2014 and not only gives her time to Forever Ahead Community, but pretty much manages the whole client journey from initial assessment through to counselling and groups!  Claire is able to work with almost any difficulties you may be facing and works holistically alongside you, in a non-judgmental and safe environment, to help you overcome the issues you maybe experiencing.  Since training as a counsellor Claire has supported many people with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, domestic abuse, low self-esteem and addiction issues to name but a few.  We are extraordinarily fortunate to have Claire driving Forever Ahead Community forwards.

Paul Harvey, a local resident to West Essex and ex-service user of ADAS, who in more than six years into his recovery, completed a course to facilitate groups to give back to the charity and to its service users. Paul is now a proud Patron of Forever Ahead Community.

We are always looking out for volunteer counsellors to join our team - whether you're qualified and looking to give something back, or looking complete your 100 hour placement, please get in touch with us for more details.  Thank you.


The Board

Forever Ahead Community Board also has representatives with corporate, clinical, civil service and commercial backgrounds.  They are bringing these insights and their vast experience together to form a viable, ambitious and dynamic team.   The Board and Senior Management team also have access to expert advisors to ensure that the Organisation not only delivers its Objectives, but exceeds them.  

Our Vision 

At Forever Ahead Community, our vision is to provide sustainable and accessible structured counselling and recovery support, administered inline with BACP ethical guidelines.  

Our core activities are designed to be a catalyst that helps our clients reach their goals and fulfill their potential.  


Our Mission Statement

Forever Ahead Community are passionate about supporting people who suffer issues that trigger feelings of stress, anxiety and depression.  This includes issues linked to the deterioration of your well-being.  We want everyone to be able to access structured counselling and recovery support.  

Our aim is simple.  Life AND wellbeing combined.


Our philosophy

This standard of Excellence ensures we deliver the same, high quality counselling to all clients

and centers around the Six X’s of our Service:

  1. Excellence in counselling and therapeutic recovery support

  2. Excellence for all people of all ages, including the carers and families of our clients  

  3. Excellence in well-being, promoting social integration within the community   

  4. Excellence in recovery focused activities and a wide range of support groups, most of which are either volunteer or peer led

  5. Excellence in training and placement opportunities for students, volunteers, peer mentors and employees

  6. Excellence in linking community resources and activities to our clients