14 March 2014
Peter Kane, C&I's senior service manager for Substance Misuse Services (centre in picture), received London's oldest award the Freedom of the City of London at a private ceremony at the Guildhall in the city on 14 March. Peter received this award in recognition of his work with drug and alcohol users over the last 30 years. Congratulations, Peter!
His first job as a counsellor began at City Roads Crisis Intervention. This was an emergency 24 service which admitted people whose lives had become out of control they were unable to cope any longer. This refuge provided food, shelter, counselling, detoxification and advice about future options. Many went on to rehabilitation and are now still drug free. After 12 years he moved to Positively Irish Action on Aids. This organisation which helped Irish people in London who were diagnosed with HIV or AIDS sorting out benefits, housing problems and linking then in with doctors and hospitals.
In 1996 he became deputy manager of C&I's Response, North Camden Drug's Service. Staffed with doctors, nurses, counsellors, psychiatrists and psychologists it provides a full range of programme for drug's users who want to move away from street drugs and begin to address their recovery. Currently Peter is a senior manager at C&I managing five drugs and alcohol services across the London boroughs of Camden and Islington which treats approximately 1800 people at any one time.
Freedom of the City is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies in existence today. It is believed to be first presented in 1237. The Freedom was in the earliest times an essential requirement for all who wanted to carry out business and prosper in trade in the city. In modern times the award tends to be entirely ceremonial given in recognition to individuals who have made substantial contribution to the lives on Londoners, to the city or society in general. At the ceremony the clerk told Peter that he was in good company and mentioned a number of previous recipients which included Nelson Mandela, Judy Dench, Michael Caine and Bob Geldof.