Peer Mentor Graduation for South East Substance Misuse services

News item posted: 04 April 2014

On Thursday 28th March, Dominic Ruffy, National Programme Manager for the Amy Winehouse Foundation and Selina Douglas, Turning Point's Managing Director for Substance Misuse services, presented certificates to the first class of substance misuse peer mentor graduates in the South East of England.

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.

The peer mentors who graduated on Thursday were from Turning Point's Westminster Drug and Alcohol service and Turning Point Waltham Forest and were presented with an Open Awards Accreditation Level 2 meaning, that they are now fully equipped to mentor others.

Tammy, one of the peer mentors who graduated on Thursday, said; "What my peer mentoring course has given me is an opportunity to help others, a wider understanding of addiction, more confidence and lots of help with my own recovery.

I am at this present time volunteering at Turning Point, twice a week helping with a group. I have also been working at a hospital with clients from CDAT, helping them find their way and giving them support with starting their day programme. The list is endless and I've enjoyed every moment.'

Neesha Chand, Turning Point's Area Operations Manager for Substance Misuse said;

 "The graduation ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of those in recovery from substance misuse issues and showcase that recovery is achievable, as are opportunities to develop personally and professionally.

Peer mentors will have a significant positive impact on the way we deliver treatment in our services and the long term recovery and wellbeing of individuals. We look forward to continuing to support and develop all the individuals who have attended the training in their ongoing recovery and employment opportunities. "