Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Free Mediation training on offer for those who can see both sides of disputes

Mediation Plus – the community mediation service for Eastbourne and Wealden – is looking for tenants in the Willingdon area who think they are good at listening to both sides to train to become Neighbourhood Mediators.
Supported by funding from the European Social Fund through the Skills Funding Agency, and supported by Eastbourne Homes, Mediation Plus will be running its first ever community based Mediation skills training programme at the Willingdon Trees Community Centre starting next month.

They are looking to create a team of up to 20 trained accredited community mediators who can intervene early to diffuse local conflicts, neighbour disputes and anti-social behaviour in their area, helping to prevent minor issues becoming major problems and improving the quality of life of all residents in the neighbourhood. A number of participants will go on to be trained as trainers, who can help recruit and train further volunteers in the future.

This course offers participants the opportunity to develop mediation skills through exercises, group work and role play. Mediation skills are applicable to many professional sectors, including housing, young people’s services, family support, education and many more.

It is suitable for those looking to return to education and training, get into community volunteering, or learn new skills that may help them back into employment. Completing the course and accreditation process will give participants a recognised qualification at Level 2 or 3 that they will be able to build on with further training in the future.

Anyone interested can come to a Drop-in Session at the centre on Tuesday January 22nd from 10am-1pm where you can come and meet the Mediation Plus team and some of their other volunteer mediators. If you would like details and an application form, please call 01323 442781 or email training@mediation-plus.org.uk