Peer Mentor Graduation in North of England

News item posted: 04 April 2014

On Wednesday 27th March, Selina Douglas, Managing Director for Turning Point's Substance Misuse services, presented certificates to the first class of peer mentor graduates from across the North 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 graduating peer mentors were presented with an Open Awards Accreditation Level 2, meaning that they are now fully equipped to mentor others.

Peer mentor Stuart Trueman said; "For me peer mentoring is a sense of achievement on my ongoing recovery. Someone was there to inspire me whilst in early treatment when I needed it most. I hope to inspire others in their recovery."

The celebration, which involved peer mentor graduates from several substance misuse services across the North of England included a buffet lunch, refreshments and music from local band Soulford.

Neesha Chand, Turning Point's Area Operations Manager for Substance Misuse said; "We are proud to celebrate the graduation of peer mentors in Turning Point services across the country.

This free training aims to provide an opportunity for those who have experienced substance misuse issues to develop their skills and have the confidence to access education, training and employment opportunities in the future, whilst using their personal experience to inspire and motivate others to achieve recovery."