20 December 2016
Peer mentor graduation
The 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