Volunteer Community Peer Mentors awarded for completing their training
Community Peer Mentors from across County Durham and Darlington received certificates upon completion of their training at an awards ceremony in Durham yesterday.
The team works closely with charities and other organisations which provide support services, helping those suffering from anti-social behaviour or neighbourhood disputes, perceived or real. The aim is to help reduce the pressure on frontline services such as the Council, Fire Service, Police, A&E and GP surgeries by engaging with individuals who make frequent calls and demands on these services.
Speaking at the launch, Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg said “the Peer Mentors provide invaluable support to people who might otherwise receive no support at all. Without their input, many can remain frustrated and vulnerable. there are some tremendous success stories of people whose lives have been really turned around with the support of the volunteer Community Peer Mentors".
The Peer Mentors help people to form new friendships and relationships, engage in new hobbies or interests, and develop strategies and methods for dealing with challenges. At the same time, many of the volunteers have gained confidence and skills to improve their own employment opportunities and enhance their careers.
For more information, and if you would like to know more about becoming a Community Peer Mentor, please contact Community.PeerMentors@durham.pnn.police.uk
The photograph shows the Mayor of Durham, Councillor John Lethbridge, with the Community Peer Mentors who collected certificates for completing their training.
Posted on Tuesday 17th July 2018