Councillor Gordon Cowan visits Turning Point in Dover

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Cllr Gordon Cowan

Councillor Gordon Cowan with Turning Point Peer Mentors

On Wednesday 25th May, Turning Point’s service in Dover was visited by Councillor Gordon Cowan, Labour Leader of Kent County Council. The visit provided an opportunity to demonstrate the support that is on offer to Dover residents affected by substance misuse, including the innovative peer mentor scheme.

Svajune Ulinskiene, Hub Manager at Turning Point in Dover said: ‘Our peer mentor and service user representative programme offers people the chance to get support from others who have experienced substance misuse issues. Councillor Cowan was able to meet people involved in the programme and hear first-hand how it benefits service users.

‘At Turning Point we understand that people can be affected by a multitude of issues at once. In order for service users to achieve their recovery goals and overcome these issues, we develop person-centred plans to focus on individual needs.’

Following the visit, Councillor Gordon Cowan said: ‘I was delighted to see first-hand the real benefits Turning Point has given to so many people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse. The help and support offered by Turning Point has helped a huge number of people find a new direction in life which they otherwise may not have had.

‘I was particularly impressed by the peer mentor scheme, and got to talk to a number of staff members about their own journey through recovery.’

Turning Point’s substance misuse service in Dover is an integrated community drug and alcohol service. If you are worried about your or someone else’s substance misuse, call 0300 123 1186.