Transforming Children’s Mental Health

How church communities can be part of the solution


Spotting the signs
Knowing what to say
How to help


Inspirational talks and practical advice from:


Lucy Kedge, BEAT Ambassador

Lucy will be sharing her journey of how she overcame an eating disorder with support from her local church community.  She will outline her experiences and the tools used to get through this difficult time.  Lucy has gone on to gain a degree and become an Ambassador for BEAT the UK’s eating disorder charity.  This will be an excellent opportunity to  gain an understanding of the challenges young people face directly from  someone who has  walked this path.


Ian Soars, CEO Fegans

Ian joined Fegans in July 2014 with a remit to bring transformation and growth. Ian came to Fegans from Hays plc having worked with them for almost 20 years as the UK Delivery Director working with high profile organisations to design, evaluate and implement complex large volume national recruitment programs. Ian has been married to Nicky for 25 years and together they have 3 daughters, Jemima 11 and Gabriella and Olivia, both 9. Ian is a passionate Christian whose drive is to see Fegans demonstrate the goodness and love of God through expert, qualified care and compassion to vulnerable children and families across the UK.


Hugh Nelson, Vicar of Goudhurst & Kilndown

Hugh is a Vicar in the beautiful Weald of Kent. He is married with 4 children and over the last 2 years has become more and more aware of the opportunities and challenges that face young people and their families. He and his church have set out to found the Weald Family Hub, which will bring local communities, schools and churches into a partnership with Fegans to work for hope and against the scourge of mental illness.


Vicki Cottingham, Fegans’ Parent Support Co-ordinator

Supporting Parents is an important part of the services Fegans provide and Vicki will be outlining the impact that such support can have on vulnerable families in the local community. Vicki is a trained teacher and is married to Jason (the Associate Minister at Gateway). They have two children,
age 20 and 17.



Wednesday 8th May 2019, 7.30pm – 9.30pm


Gateway Christian Church, The Gateway Centre,
66-70 Lottbridge Drive, Eastbourne, BN22 9PB


Understanding this Generation: Eastbourne