Mentoring service represented at Scottish Parliament

Tayside Council on Alcohol Mentoring Service was one of six Public Social Partnerships (PSPs) showcased at a special event held at the Scottish Parliament on 25 February 2015.

The success of co-planning and joined up service delivery in reducing reoffending was the central focus of the event, which was sponsored by Christine Grahame MSP, Chair of the Justice Committee.

The event aimed to highlight the last two years success of collaborative working between public services and third sector organisations in the justice community. Those attending the event heard a selection of personal stories from those involved in the PSPs, which included TCA’s own Peer Mentor, Danni Whyte.

Danni Whyte

TCA’s Peer Mentor, Danni Whyte, speaking at the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking of her experience at the Scottish Parliament, Danni said:

“I have never done anything like that before, especially in the Scottish Parliament. I hope by speaking at this event people will sit up and take notice of what mentoring can achieve.

“The mentoring support I received made me become the person that I’ve always wanted to be. My life has changed and my life goal is to become a mentor and I want to support and help other vulnerable girls and women going through what I did.”

Scottish Parliament event

Pictured from left: Danni Whyte, Peer Mentor and Kathryn Baker, TCA Service Manager.

TCA’s Service Manager, Kathryn Baker added:

“Danni provided the audience with a real insight into her journey through service and the value of mentoring as an approach. Despite a few nerves she talked with real honesty and openness about how she was able to overcome her own problems and begin a new chapter as a volunteer with TCA, helping other women to move forward with their lives as she had done herself.”

Read Danni’s story about her experience of volunteering and working for TCA and find out about her 2015 Saltire award. Find out more about mentoring opportunities within the TCA on our Volunteer page, get in touch with us on 01382 456012 or email enquiries@alcoholtayside.com