20 December 2016

Peer mentor graduation

P MentorsThe first group of peer mentors for the Liaison and Diversion Service have successfully graduated from training.

Four people completed the course recently which was held at Colston Fort in Bristol. The newly qualified peer mentors will work with vulnerable offenders with mental health and learning disabilities who have been released on police bail.

The peer mentors will be able to share their lived experiences with our service users, offering information about community recovery groups and supporting them as they pass through the criminal justice system.

Penny Stanbury, Involvement Co-ordinator for Specialised Services said: "The group commented that they liked being trained by real practitioners and that they got the opportunity to ask lots of questions and debate".

As this is a developing role, the first group of peer mentors will help deliver training to the next group of people.

AWP is one of just two NHS Trusts chosen by NHS England to be part of this national two year pilot scheme providing peer mentors for the Liaison and Diversion Service. The other NHS Trust is in the Midlands.



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