Thirteenth Peer Mentor Graduation Event at Smithfield
On October 19th 2017 the team at Smithfield Inpatient Detoxification Service got together to celebrate the graduation of the 13th group of Peer Mentors trained at Smithfield by Peer Mentor and Volunteer Co-ordinator Rob Floyd.
Six trainees graduated, three of whom already have their DBS checks in place and have made a start in their placements on the unit – the other three will follow as soon as their DBS’ are through.
The event was attended by the trainees’ families, Smithfield clients and staff, representatives from Turning Point’s Westcliffe House and our Peer Mentor Scheme in Ashton-under-Lyne as well as outside agencies. On the day the attendees were treated to keynote speeches by two of the graduates, a short speech and presentation of certificates by Jo Roberts, Operations Manager and then music by ‘Smithfield’s own’ Tony Smith who, now a permanent member of staff at Smithfield, had come through the Peer Mentor scheme way back in Group Three!
After the ceremony lunch was provided by Smithfield’s Catering Team and in a happy accident of communication not one but two cakes were provided to round off the day, one made by Carepath Co-ordinator Carole Sutton’s husband Keith (who has made many cakes for the Peer Mentor Graduations over the years!) and one made by Lorna Tate-Wright, part of the Smithfield Catering Team – it was a tough job, but graduates, guests, clients and staff all pulled together to make sure both cakes were eaten by the end of the day!
We look forward to welcoming all the new graduates on to the unit and in to the fine Peer Mentoring tradition which has now been established in the service – the future looks in safe hands! Rob’s next cohort will begin training in January so we hope to see you all for the next graduation in Spring 2018!