Zoe Botten Communities Officer

I just wanted to thank you for all the work you have been a part of with East Suffolk Council. Your contribution, honesty and sharing of your experience regarding your mental health journey has been incredible. I know that your frank discussions with the young people have helped them enormously, by giving them advise, support, strategies and above all hope. I very much look forward to working with you again and delivering the invaluable project of Crucial Crew Plus.

Laura Drysdale Restoration trust Director

The Restoration Trust has been collaborating with John Durrant for several years now, and he is a member of our Expert Board. John is an incredibly gifted communicator who can connect with all kinds of people. He helps to break down barriers that stop people from enjoying life and experiencing good mental health.

Beth Stephens Access Community Trust

To have experienced what he has and be so passionate and determined to use these experiences to help others makes John one of those people you really want to know. I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside John a number of times, and witnessed him first hand commit too stepping outside of his comfort zone, developing his skills and confidence and using his expertise in his experience to help, support and educate others. He has worked with Access in to engage young people in schools, delivering workshops and supporting them in understanding and seeking support for their mental health, aswell as delivering training sessions to new members of staff at Access to embed understanding of how best to work with people experiencing mental health challenges.  John’s ability to engage with people from a place of truth and authenticity is both inspiring and necessary if we are to ensure the voice of lived experience is heard, valued and acted upon.

Emma Ratzer MBE Chief Executive Officer Access Community trust

John has supported Access for many years with a variety of projects ranging from delivering Crucial Crew training to young people, sitting on interview panels and guest speaking at large events. John is an amazing advocate for lived experience and provides honest and genuine reflections that educate us all. Proud to include John as part of Access #wearefamily.