The PCC Community Safety Initiatives fund has approved £3,000 spending on training for 10 Peer Mentors at Middlesbrough’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery Support Service.
The service is delivered by Thirteen Care and Support. Peer mentors will study the Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
Peer Mentoring takes place when a person has been through a set of experiences and provides mentoring support to another person going through the same experiences.
This mentoring support can take the form of enhanced social and practical help.
Training will allow Peer Mentors to become Advanced Peer Mentors and deliver Peer Mentor training to other recipients. This will, therefore, increase the number of Peer Mentors available through the Recovery Support Service.
This in turn will benefit more service users, improving chances of successful recovery and reducing reoffending.