New! Communities of Recovery Glasgow – Peer Mentor Service

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26 November 2015

Phoenix Futures are pleased to announce a new peer mentoring service in Glasgow. The Communities of Recovery Glasgow Peer Mentor Service are funded by the Big Lottery.

Our new service will match people aged 18 years and over who have had a period of stability in their recovery from drug and alcohol misuse with a trained volunteer peer mentor.  A member of our peer mentor team will use their own knowledge and experiences of recovery to support the mentee and encourage them to recognise their strengths and potential.

The team includes of two staff members, Kenny Ritchie and Natalie Logan, and the dedicated team of volunteer peer mentors.

The service offers various types of support including peer mentoring, one to one support, Recovery through Nature, access to education and training opportunities and SMART meetings.  SMART stands for ‘Self Management And Recovery Training’. The purpose of SMART is to help individuals who are seeking abstinence from any addictive behaviour for example addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, self-harming and etc. to gain and achieve recovery.

Here are some quotes from our Peer Mentors and Mentees:

Mentee - “Since joining the Peer Mentor Service I finally feel like I am getting listened to.”

Peer Mentor - “At first I thought the staff were crazy for putting trust in me to support other people, but now my confidence is growing and I feel that I do have something to offer people.”

Mentee - “It’s good to get advice from people who have been in my position, my mentor really supports me.”

Tracy McConnell the Project Manager commented:

“The team are very excited about this new and innovative way to support people at the early stages of their recovery. We truly believe and have confidence in the Peer Support model and we’re excited about being able to provide this service in Glasgow.”

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Peer Supporter please contact our team in Glasgow on 0141 336 4272 to request an application pack.

If you are interested in receiving support from the service, please call our team in Glasgow on 0141 336 4272.

Alternatively, you can email our service glasgowpeermentor@phoenix-futures.org.uk

Phoenix Futures is a registered charity in England and Wales (No 284880) and in Scotland (No SCO39008); Company Limited by Guarantee Number 1626869; Registered Provider of Social Housing with Homes England (H3795).