Dorset Peer Mentor Graduation
On Wednesday 2nd November the latest group of EDP Peer Mentors in Dorset celebrated the completion of their Peer Mentor training at a special Dorset Peer Mentor Graduation Ceremony at Christchurch Baptist Church. The nine graduates will now go on to help other EDP service users overcome substance misuse issues leading by example and inspiring others with their own recovery journeys.
Two of the Peer Mentor’s, Terry and Judith shared their experiences of drug dependency and of receiving help from EDP. Terry said “Thanks to all the staff and everyone at EDP who believed in me. Anyone can change and EDP has helped me to change. From street homeless, to client, to peer supporter, mentor, volunteer and now paid supporter work in the Health and Social Care field. Thank you to all at EDP.”
At the event Laura Garry, who supports our Blandford Service, was named Peer Mentor Representative for 2016/17 and Judith Podd was announced as Peer Mentor of the year. Judith’s story was recently featured in the Dorset Echo and the Bournemouth Daily Echo. Read it here.
Judith has found that being trained as a Peer Mentor has helped her to move forward in her recovery. She commented “For me personally, I love the fact that I can give back to others some knowledge and experience of what I have gone through and learnt throughout my recovery journey.”
As well as recognising the achievements of the peer mentors, the ceremony had talks from guest speakers Nick Wilson, from Exchange Supplies who talked about Harm Reduction in the UK and Globally, and Laura Everett-Coles from Public Health Dorset, who shared her thoughts on the characteristics of a Mentor.
Family and Friends of the Dorset Peer Mentors attended as well as representatives from partner organisations in Dorset.
EDP Dorset also announced its plans to hold a Sleep Out event in the spring to raise funds and awareness for EDP’s work in Dorset.