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Our FoundeR 


Tamara Gabriel aka Vander Peter Pierre is the founder and CEO of From Rehab To Life Foundation and an author, singer-songwriter, poet, radio-tv presenter, actor, and voiceover artist who descended into the abyss of crime, violence, and drug addiction, but found the strength, courage, and support to ascend in life.


Enriched by these experiences, he now seeks to empower those grappling with such challenges and to steer them clear from the mental and physical prison of torture, pain, anger, regret, remorse, resistance, resentment, guilt and shame. 

Our origins


Founded by Vander Peter Pierre in 2017 as a not-for-profit, From Rehab to Life Foundation began life providing bereavement counselling, holistic treatments, and workshops on mental health and effective parenting. We worked closely with the Good Brother Dougie Foundation at community centres in Haringey and Hackney and co-presented radio shows on Bless Radio and STR Radio.


Then in 2020 we became a charity with the aim of reducing the negative impact of drug and alcohol addiction in our communities. By providing free counselling and peer support to those in need and who don’t have financial means we will help them find relief from trauma and lead healthier, more productive lives.


We also host two soup kitchens a week and provide care packages to the vulnerable.



  • Year 1 – continue with soup kitchens and care packages, and establish a robust flow of clients for addiction counselling.

  • Year 2 – increase clients into counselling and peer support, guide those without funds into rehab, and sponsor three clients through rehab.

  • Year 3 – increase counselling and guidance and number of addicts we sponsor through rehab.

  • Year 4 – continue growing the above services, accelerate plans to establish own addiction centre – either on our own or in partnership.

  • Year 5 – establish our own addiction centre.



  • Hosted soup kitchens for over 250 people a week in Finsbury Park and Aldgate.

  • Provided 100 care packages per quarter to homeless and those struggling with addiction.

  • Provided counselling for two clients, both with successful outcomes and who are now in recovery from addiction. Client quote: “From Rehab to Life helped me with my addiction and co-dependency – and gave me the tools to help me run my life.”

  • Establishing partnerships with two organisations to provide extra counselling services for our clients.

  • Raised awareness of our counselling service with organisation’s who clients can benefit from counselling, for example Better Lives and Thames Reach STAR project.

  • Recruited our first paid role and are targeting volunteers with specific skills to help charity grow.

  • Secured free premises at SPACE4 in Finsbury Park where we can establish our own team space and network with other charities.

  • Audible version of Vander’s autobiography is ready for soft launch later this year and main launch in Spring.

Board of Trustees

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Dave Smith, Chair

Sean Robinson, Vice 

Kit Chong

Sonia Scott

As chair of the board of trustees, Dave brings a wealth of leadership, business and commercial experience in the charity sector where he has established long-term relationships that continue to serve communities.


He's particularly proud of the work he's done with young people and those facing physical and learning difficulties, where he excelled at introducing safeguarding and data protection policies. During his corporate career, Dave was recognised for motivational and transformational change programmes and working closely with Board-level executives.

These days Sean writes screenplays and his first film is due to be shot in early 2023. He's less hopeful of his first novel ever being published. He's also a freelance writer and communications consultant; and before that a head of communications at BT with roles that touched PR, marketing and internal communications.


Sean is a recovering addict himself. Ten years clean and sober, he has held voluntary peer support roles helping others with their addiction, and is an active member of 12-step recovery fellowships.

Kit started his career in public relations, working for agencies such as Hill+Knowlton, Golin and Weber Shandwick, and then worked in marketing and business development for the Alibaba Group. He founded and ran different businesses from beauty to property.


He has been involved with the charity sector, volunteering for The Felix Project and The Prince’s Trust. Kit also mentors several businesses, guiding them on marketing, operations and business growth.

Bio to come

Activities between 2017 and 2021


Here’s a quick looks our charity’s legacy and some of the activities we carried out between 2017 and 2021 before our deeper focus on free counselling, peer support, rehab advice and the two food banks.

  • Bereavement counselling service, (1-hour sessions), at Brickworks Community Centre.

  • Nutrition classes, (1-hour sessions), at Brickworks Community Centre.

  • Yoga and meditation classes, (1-hour sessions), at Brickworks Community Centre.

  • Online TV workshops on drug and alcohol addiction via MediaNet TV Studios in Leytonstone during the lockdown.

  • Parenting course, with Godwin Lawson Foundation, at the Tricycle Community Centre, St. Annes Road, which led to obtaining a certificate in Parenting sponsored by Race Equality Foundation and Parent Access Cultures (which encapsulated an understanding in strengthening families in our communities with effective parenting).

  • Champion Fathers with Godwin Lawson Foundation, via Zoom (with the aim of Helping Fathers in the community become more responsible within the family structure, also providing guidance and access towards obtaining additional support).

  • Mental health workshops – raising awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol addiction, in addition to providing solutions towards recovery, (Dalston lane Community Space).

  • Mental health solutions to drug and alcohol addiction, on SLR and Bless Radio, (presented by Tamara Gabriel), with Q&As from the listening audience.

  • Effective Parenting at Chestnut Community Centre, in partnership with Godwin Lawson Foundation and Good Brother Dougie Foundation, (Tottenham, N. London).

  • Mental Health Solutions to Drug and Alcohol Addiction at Chestnut Community Centre, presented by the late Community Champion Brother Dougie, Founder of - Good Brother Dougie Foundation , with Q&As from the audience.

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