Peer Mentor graduation in Dorset

Next week a number of those involved in our Dorset services will graduate as Peer Mentors at a celebration on Wednesday 27th January at Christchurch Baptist Church. Ahead of this one of our previous graduates shares his experience of being a peer mentor representative:

“Over the last two years, I have found the experience with EDP empowering, challenging in a positive way and rewarding.  Addiction is challenging, but recovery is equally challenging in a more positive way, giving us new insight and opportunities.     Every step through the transition I feel supported and encouraged.   I have been fortunate to meet many people who have supported me, from Management and recovery practitioners and likewise my family who initially encouraged me to look at support. 

As a Mentor representative this has given me an opportunity to meet other people and a rewarding experience, where I attended interview panels, attended governance meetings and meet the senior management and arranging training with staff.    I found supporting Peer Mentors throughout their involvement in the Peer Mentors programme gave me great satisfaction in supporting and to graduation day where we all worked as a team to support each other.  The programme also gives us an opportunity to receive qualifications and insight in future professional development and a framework to a career with EDP .

The challenges recovery brings has been enlightening and I have seen as positive, being reflective, which has given me personal satisfaction and gratification.   Having worked through the Peer Mentor Programme with like minded people, then doing sessional work and now as recovery practitioner, I find myself continually evolving in an environment where we are given the opportunity to share experiences and encouraged to be innovative.   Throughout this experience it has enlightened me with a new self-awareness and changed my life in many positive ways, relationship with family, further education which gives me an opportunity to train as a Counsellor to continue supporting clients in the future.

EDP continues to support and motivate positive change with both personal and professional development and see the changes it brings with the Peer  Mentor Programme and clients that continue to engage in our services and I continually see the changes it makes in peoples lives.

I feel privileged to have experienced and supported the many clients who have needed support and feel the Peer Mentor programme has given me and others an opportunity to experience life meaningful and give something back to the community, which empowers me to support others in their journey.

Nothing gives me greatest satisfaction than to see people change and experience their journey that is sometimes stigmatised by society.     Congratulations to all at the ceremony today and it reflects on how hard you have all worked to be where you are today and best wishes for the future.

Addiction is a lonely place to be and without experiencing this new awareness and journey I would either have lost my family or my own life and have been fortunate enough to have had this opportunity to do the latter.”

If you would like to attend the Peer Mentor Graduation on 27th January please contact info@edp.org.uk.

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