A new group of community based mediators successfully completed their training at the Hailsham East Community Centre last week.
Supported by funding from the European Social Fund, Mediation Plus adapted its accredited mediation course to meet the needs of learners from a wide range of backgrounds who would benefit from having mediation skills in their professional and working lives.
The group included a manager of a sheltered housing scheme, an under-graduate psychology student, a former residential social worker, a local family services worker, a local town councillor and business advisor, and lone parents with young families all looking to use their new skills in both their personal and professional lives.
Joan Eades, Training Manager at Mediation Plus said the organisation was delighted to work with so many people from such diverse backgrounds.
She said: “We have been developing how we offer mediation training in the wider community to people who would not be able to attend our regular volunteer training courses and have been delighted that we have been able to work with people from such diverse backgrounds on this course.
“Everyone supported and encouraged each other and brought their own unique perspectives to our training.”
The new mediators all completed the twelve week training and will now have the opportunity to work with members of Mediation Plus’s experienced mediation team taking on new cases across Wealden and Eastbourne.
Mediation Plus Service Manager Clive Gross said: “This is the second community based course we have
run this year and there is clearly both the need and interest from many different areas to deliver more courses in the future.
“However, without the funding support from the European Social Fund, we would not have been able to create this opportunity, and we will need the continuing support of funders like these if we are to expand our programme.”
Mediation Plus would like to hear from other community and voluntary groups, front-line support organisations or individuals who think they could benefit from gaining mediation skills so they can look to develop further courses.
Anyone interested should contact Joan Eades at Mediation Plus on 01323 442781 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an initial discussion.