New peacekeepers ready to mediate conflicts in region

New workers at Mediation Plus

New workers at Mediation Plus

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THE CHALLENGE of resolving conflicts among people in the Hailsham area and surrounding environs using clear communication is being taken seriously by new volunteers following an appeal in the Sussex Express.

Mediation Plus in Hailsham has enlisted the help of new volunteer mediators who were given certificiates to mark their achievement along with five new trustees on Saturday, June 30.

All the new helpers had been interviewed by the chairman of Mediation Plus, John Gallop, who was looking forward to seeing them at work in the months ahead.

Mr Gallop said: “We were delighted with the interest shown in our service and the range of backgrounds and experience of the people coming forward.

“With a strong group of Trustees and a growing pool of trained mediators, we are now in a great position to secure the future of Mediation Plus and engage even more widely in the communities we serve.”

Among those joining as Trustees are Pevensey Parish Cllr Barbara Molog; former Sussex Police hostage negotiator and mediator Ross Hollister; former head teacher and Royal Marine David Hines; Australian born psychologist and counsellor Deborah Marlin; and specialist management consultant Jonathan Christian. After he had presented certificates to the new volunteer mediators, Mr Gallop said: “The response to our new accredited mediation training courses has been great. But covering such a big geographical area as Wealden, Eastbourne and Lewes means we need to maintain a large group of volunteers.

“So we will be running our next course in September, which we hope will give us over 50 mediators covering the area.”

Anyone interested in training to become a mediator should contact Training Coordinator Joan Eades at Mediation Plus on 01323 442781 or email info@mediation-plus.org.uk for an application pack.

New ‘Get to Go’ one day workshops for 16 to 25-year-olds gain confidence and communication skills has just been launched by Mediation Plus. Applications for places on the workshops can be made via www.gettogo.org.uk