Seventeenth Peer Mentor Graduation Event at Smithfield Detox
On September 3rd the team at Smithfield got together with The Worshipful Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Bury, Councillor Trevor Holt to celebrate the graduation of the 17th group of Peer Mentors trained at Smithfield by Peer Mentor and Volunteer Co-ordinator Rob Floyd.
On the day, which was attended by the trainees’ families, Smithfield clients and staff and representatives from Turning Point’s Leigh Bank rehab in Oldham, the attendees were treated to keynote speeches by Councillor Holt, three of the graduates, a short speech and presentation of certificates by North West Operations Manager – Christine Morris and then music by ‘Smithfield’s own’ Tony Smith. Tony, now a Support Worker at the service, has himself come through the Peer Mentor scheme and gave a further impassioned speech before delivering a rousing performance which had the whole room singing along!
After the ceremony a sumptuous lunch was provided by the Smithfield catering team before things were rounded off with a celebratory cake!
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 this winter so we hope to see you all for the next graduation in 2020!