Gateshead Peer Mentoring Scheme recognised at House of Lords event

News item posted: 04 April 2014

Turning Point's Gateshead Peer Mentoring Programme has been recognised at an "excellence in health and wellbeing" celebration event presented by Jane Ellison, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Public Health which took place in the House of Lords yesterday.

Clair O' Connor, Operations Manager for Turning Point in Gateshead and Peer Mentor Alan Reay travelled to the event in London to receive this recognition on behalf of the wider Peer Mentoring team.

Recruited from the Gateshead community Turning Point Peer Mentors are individuals who are in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse who complete an extensive 8 week training programme which enables them to support others who are currently in treatment.

Clair O' Connor, Operations Manager for Turning Point in Gateshead said;

"It is fantastic for all the hard work and dedication of our Peer Mentors to be celebrated. Peer Mentors give up their own time to support people at various stages of their treatment journey and feedback from our service users suggests that this support makes a real difference to their recovery."

Peer Mentor, Alan Reay said;

"Getting recognition for peer mentoring is a great achievement and shows that it is needed, works and has a visible impact on clients within the treatment services."