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Community Peer Mentors to be recognised with prestigious award

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A group of volunteers who are making a big difference to the lives of some very vulnerable people, are to be recognised with the Durham Community Action ‘Kite Mark’ on Wednesday.

Members of the press are welcome to attend.

Working with local Councils, the Fire Service, Police, and health care providers, Community Peer Mentors aim to help local people whose requests for service have not easily been dealt with. The Community Peer Mentorswork in pairs to support members of the community and establish the root cause of the issues which affect them. They empower people by actively signposting them to receive the most appropriate support to meet their needs.

On Wednesday, further awards will be made to Peer Mentors who have completed their training, and some will receive certificates for completing a BTEC Level 2 in Customer Service from Derby College. 

Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg said “the Kite Mark will be a big thank you to the volunteers for all their hard work. So many people have been helped and the programme is going from strength to strength.”

Project Lead Jim Cunningham added “there are now over 90 volunteers in the programme, covering Durham, Spennymoor, Bishop Auckland, Peterlee, Darlington and Newton Aycliffe. We are intending to increase the coverage to the rest of County Durham over the next few months.”

When

7.00pm on Wednesday 6 September 2017

Where

St Augustines Parish Centre, Larchfield St, Darlington DL3 7TG

Who: Interviews are available with:

  • Ron Hogg, Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner
  • Jim Cunningham, Project Lead
  • Volunteer Community Peer Mentors
  • Jo Laverick, Chief Executive, Durham Community Action

Please confirm that you will be attending by contacting Jon Carling, Head of Policy and Communications on:

-         07814 174417

-         PCVC.Media@durham.pcc.pnn.gov.uk

ENDS

Posted on Monday 4th September 2017
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