Community Peer Mentor volunteer Stephen Santi was the National Runner-up for prestigious Home Office Award.
The ‘Lord Ferrers Awards’ recognise outstanding contributions to volunteering in policing. Volunteers play a vital role in support of policing, by giving up their free time to make communities safer, and enhancing the effectiveness of policing across England and Wales.
Stephen attended the 2019 awards, with his teenage daughter at Lancaster House St James Palace London on the 15th October, and were presented by Minister for Crime, Policing and the Fire Service Kit Malthouse. He came runner up in the ‘Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Individual Volunteer’ category.
Jim Cunning, Community Peer Mentor Coordinator said: “We are very proud of Stephen. He has faced various issues himself over the years and has a vast array of lived experiences. All of which have helped those in need to see that there is a way to change. Stephen is an absolute inspiration and always goes that extra mile to support those in need.”
Stephen has been a volunteer with the Community Peer Mentors for two years. He travels all around County Durham by bus to support vulnerable and isolated people who have lost faith in the emergency services.
Stephen said: “I feel like pinching myself, I feel so honoured to have been nominated for such a prestigious award. I love my volunteering with the Community Peer Mentors as not only do I get to help people, but it also helps me. My family now have something to make them proud of me.”
If you are interested in joining the amazing Community Peer Mentor volunteers supporting vulnerable and isolated people across County Durham and Darlington, we are looking for kind hearted people, of any age, who can make a real and positive difference? The training has been funded by the Durham Police Crime and Victims Commissioner, so is Free! We actively recruit people with lived experience as we have shown that the support we to people who find themselves in a dark place are the very best at offering support, advice, hope and guidance. To join the award winning team just email the Community Peer Mentors Community.PeerMentors@durham.pnn.police.uk or call 0300 003 1818.
Posted on Monday 28th October 2019