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Community Peer Mentors complete their training

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The first-ever volunteers to complete the Community Peer Mentor training were awarded their certificates at a ceremony hosted by Ron Hogg in Darlington yesterday.

The Community Peer Mentors project works very closely with charities and other organisations which provide support to people suffering anti-social behaviour or neighbourhood disputes. The project also aims to reduce the pressure on services such as the Fire Service, Police, the Council and the NHS by engaging with individuals who make frequent calls and demands on those services. The volunteers provide a listening ear, helping clients to resolve their needs, develop their confidence, and signpost them to other services which can help them.

Speaking at the event, Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner Ron Hogg said ‘these volunteers can fundamentally change people’s lives, and that is the greatest gift they can give. I know that at least one client who has described them as ‘angels’. I would like to thank the volunteer mentors whole-heartedly for the work that they do, and I hope that we can roll-out the project beyond Darlington in the future’.

Project Co-ordinator Jim Cunningham added ‘this is a unique project in the UK. The volunteer mentors build a really strong rapport with clients, often helping them to believe that they can do things to improve their lives which they didn’t think were possible.’

For more information contact Jim Cunningham on 01325 405565 or via jim.cunningham@darlington.gov.uk

Posted on Friday 3rd June 2016
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