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 and utilises all aspects of the community. We have a blend of qualified staff, volunteers and placement students.
We 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.
Founder and CEO of Forever Ahead Community Adrian Lee is a former senior manager of ADAS who has around ten years experience of working within the Drug and Alcohol field, however it was at ADAS where he saw first-hand what a difference counselling and recovery support services made to people’s recovery.
Through his experiences at ADAS, from the front desk to the board room, watching, learning and talking to clients, staff and professionals at ADAS and in other agencies, it became very clear to Adrian that counselling and bespoke support brings amazing, life changing and sustainable results. In November 2019, Adrian teamed up with former Trustee of ADAS, Paul Harvey and expert counsellor and group facilitator Claire DeShon to launch Forever Ahead Community®.
Co-founder Paul Harvey, a local resident to West Essex and ex-service user of ADAS, who in recovery, completed a course to facilitate groups to give back to the charity and to its service users. Paul volunteers as a co-facilitator in groups and gives talks in schools and colleges with regards to his journey to inspire others to reach out and get help and support. Paul wanted to be a part of this project and give his time as a Trustee to create a service that will broaden the support available in the community that will help more people like himself into recovery and plans to inspire many more volunteers and potential mentors into giving back by helping others.
Claire completed a Diploma in Adlerian Counselling in 2014 and volunteers her time to Forever Ahead Community. Claire is able to work with most difficulties you may be facing. She works holistically alongside you, in a non-judgmental and safe environment, to help you overcome the issues you maybe experiencing. Since training as a counselor Claire has supported many people with issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship issues, low self-esteem and alcohol related issues.
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.
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.
Forever Ahead Community are always looking out to add to the expertise in the Boardroom. If you think you have what it takes to make a difference, or have skills you would like improve, please get in touch with us.