Turning Point Peer Mentoring Programme in CSJ report

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Turning Point's Peer Mentoring programme has been referenced in the Centre for Social Justice's report 'Meaningful Mentoring'.

In his report for the Centre for Social Justice former Cabinet Minister Jonathan Aiken has claimed that a roll out of mentoring schemes could be a 'game-changer' in the drive to slow the revolving door culture of reoffending.

'Meaningful Mentoring' references Turning Point as one of the leading mentoring organisations interviewed as research for the report.

The report outlines that Turning Point has over 160 mentors across the UK and discusses the training programme run inside prison for offenders to qualify as peer-mentors. "This training scheme is adaptable to different sectors: mental health, substance misuse and offending. Most services employ a paid peer-mentor coordinator and all mentors have fortnightly supervision for the first two months and then monthly supervision thereafter."

The report states that "Turning Point's model helps both the mentee and mentor; the peer-mentor gains the skills needed to help them into employment after the programme has finished."

Read the full report online