EDAS – Criminal justice Mentoring and Befriending Project


The project will be working with Essential Drugs and Alcohol Service (EDAS) Clients who were referred through the criminal justice system and are approaching the end of their treatment.



EDAS Clients were offered the opportunity to undertake training as a peer mentor for new clients, by studying for four units of a level two mentoring course, accredited by the National Open College. Once trained the mentor will support new members through the recovery and treatment programme, The potential mentees will be recommended from a number of services including the Criminal Justice System, Poole Hospital and Probation services.

The money from the PCC Community grant covered the costs of resources, supplies and expenses for the training as well as the registration fees for the NOCN Level 2 qualification The project greatly benefitted both the trainee mentors, having embarked on a pathway to study and learning, and the mentees who are better motivated and encouraged to embark on the treatment programme.

By the end of the project 14 trainees achieved an Ascentis Level 2 Progression award , with seven progressing to an Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Applied Therapeutic Skills. Six of the cohort are now mentoring which gives them a purpose and are in groups helping with recovery, with three assisting Public Health Dorset with service user consultation, six enrolling on the Level 3 Education and Training Award and two helping with the Life Compass project aimed at prison leavers with less than 180 days to serve, empowering the individual to improve their family dynamic an improve their future options

Find out more information about EDAS and the work they do. 

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