Mediation Plus team celebrates new status

MEDIATION Plus, the community mediation service covering Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes, has successfully achieved Training Provider Status with Open College Network London Region.

This new development will enable Mediation Plus to offer accredited courses in mediation and related conflict resolution and communication skills. All training will be delivered at level 3 and offer the participants the opportunity to benefit from the experience and knowledge of their team of mediators.

The Open College Network is a not-for-profit registered charity, which comprises nine regional networks across England. With more than 25 years experience in the education sector, they lead the market in the recognition of achievement through credit-based units and qualifications, delivered to learners from 14 years upwards. Dedicated to widening participation, social inclusion, employer engagement and lifelong learning for all, they support flexible, responsive and quality assured learning opportunities.

Joan Eades, training development manager at Mediation Plus, said, “We are delighted to now be able to offer our courses as nationally recognised qualifications, which reflects the level of professionalism of the training we have been providing our mediators for many years. It also gives us the flexibility to offer Continuing Professional Development not only to our mediators, but to other organisations, businesses or individuals in our area.”

The first accredited course, Developing Mediation Theory and Practice Skills, will be held at the Mediation Plus offices in Hailsham on December 19, 26 and December 3. 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 booking a place on the course should contact Joan Eades at Mediation Plus on 442781 or email info@mediation-plus.org.uk for an application pack.