Peer mentor graduation at local Dorset service

News item posted: 04 April 2014

On Thursday 25th April, Deputy Mayor Councillor, Ray Banham, alongside Turning Point Head of Operations, Jay Stewart, presented certificates to the first class of substance misuse peer mentor graduates in Dorset.

Turning Point Peer Mentors are role models who use their own experience of treatment and recovery to inspire, motivate and support others to become substance free.

Around 40 people including Deputy Mayor Escort Pam Nixon; Dr Will Haydock from Dorset DAAT, Partner agencies and Turning Point staff and volunteers turned out to celebrate the graduation.

Will Haydock from Dorset DAAT said; "As a commissioner of substance misuse services, I am extremely happy to support peer mentoring programmes in Dorset. The newly-qualified peer mentors deserve great credit for their achievements. In their new roles they will not only support their own recovery, but that of those around them, which will benefit society at large".

The ceremony was opened by Martin Lawrence, Operations Manager for the service followed by a presentation on Peer Mentoring by Turning Point Peer Mentor trainer, Mike Huck.

Graduating Peer Mentor, Mark Clowes said; "Being a Peer mentor means that I can use my life experience and training in a positive way to help Service Users turn their lives around."

Jay Stewart, Head of Operations for Turning Point's Substance Misuse services added;

 "Peer Mentoring is fundamental to Turning Point and to helping people achieve real recovery. We are particularly proud of our work in Dorset, which works with individuals who have been involved in offending and who have substance misuse problems, some of the most hard to reach. Support from peers who have 'been there' and are on the recovery journey can make a real difference in providing additional support and showing that you can turn your life around."