Congratulations to the Voiceability Mental Health Peer Mentoring team – winners at the Camden Volunteer Awards Ceremony.
Over 300 volunteers, councillors, community workers and local VIPs attended this prestigious awards ceremony on 24 November 2016, to celebrate the power of volunteering.
Voiceability’s Peer Mentoring volunteers won the Team Award, in recognition of their inspiring work empowering people with mental health conditions. They were overwhelmed and delighted to be presented with the award by The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Nadia Shah, and Sir Ian Johnston, Deputy Lieutenant for Camden.
Debra Holt, Assistant Director of Commissioning – Mental Health, said: “All peer mentors have lived experience of mental health services in Camden, which is what makes this area of work so special.
“The service users that are being mentored – our mentees – tell us that getting practical support from someone who understands what they’re going through makes an enormous difference.”
Mentees are able to use the opportunity to build their skills and confidence to try new things, meet new people and return to work or training. Often mentees go on to become mentors themselves.
Mentors also report that they have found the peer mentoring programme to be an invaluable life experience.
The Peer Mentoring project was commissioned by Camden CCG and you can read more about this fantastic project on the Voiceability website.