Since 2011, WDP has been training peer mentors (also referred to as Recovery Champions) to support service users on their recovery journey, in order to enhance its services overall. Since October 2013 we have delivered an OCN London accredited qualification: OCN Level 2 Award in Peer Mentoring programme across many services, both in the community and in prison settings.
“It’s given me so much more strength in my own recovery” - Peer mentor
Peer Mentors are those who have had previous issues with drugs and/or alcohol use and have overcome their dependency. They are role models and an inspiration to others.
All candidates need to complete WDP's Peer Mentoring programme and successfully achieve the OCN London Level 2 in Peer Mentoring, in order to be considered for a peer mentoring placement. Once you have completed WDP's Peer Mentoring programme, you will be supported to apply for a 3-6 month peer mentoring placement at a WDP service.
Peer mentoring supports:
- Improved life and work skills and increased job readiness
- People reporting that they feel less socially isolated
- Increased wellbeing
Peer Mentors support services in a variety of ways, including:
- Co-facilitating the delivery of groups
- Supporting service users with form filling
- Facilitating peer-led support groups
- Meeting and greeting service users in our reception areas and being a 'friendly face'
- Helping to organise key events
- Supporting an increase of numbers in treatment