Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Co-op support training new mediators at Mediation Plus

A new group of neighbourhood mediators have just completed their training with Mediation Plus – the community mediation service covering Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes – with the support of funding from The Co-operative Community Fund.

The new mediators all completed four days of intensive training and will now partner members of the organisations experienced mediation team as they take on new cases across the area and work to complete their full accreditation from the Open College Network.

Joan Eades, Training Development Manager at Mediation Plus said “We have been impressed with the very high calibre of people training as mediators with us, all of whom bring a wide variety of professional and personal experience to the service. This supports us in being able to deal with the complex and often entrenched issues that are referred to us and allows us to offer a broader range of mediation services across our area.”

Also celebrating joining the service in a new capacity was experienced mediator Izzy Halton, who has just passed her PTTLS course with support from East Sussex County Council’s Skills Share Bursary Fund and becomes one of Mediation Plus’s group of in-house trainers.

Joan continued “As a specialist mediation training provider, we are particularly keen that all our trainers have experience working in the field, so we are delighted to have Izzy on board as a trainer and are planning to add two more mediator trainers to our group this year.”

Mediation Plus also has a few places left on their first community mediation training course starting in Willingdon Trees next month, aimed at training people from local communities to help tackle disputes in their area. The course will cover step-by-step mediation process, how to use different questioning styles, encouraging participation in mediation, confidentiality and impartiality, and ethical and professional standards.

Anyone interested in signing up for the course should contact Joan Eades at Mediation Plus on 01323 442781 or email as soon as possible for an application pack.