Mediators wanted to help with problems

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Mediation Plus – the community mediation service for Eastbourne and Wealden – is looking to recruit a group of new community mediators to help cover the increased number of referrals the service has been receiving this year.

With police, courts, youth support and schools all continuing to face a financial squeeze, mediation is being increasingly used as an alternative way to resolve disputes and help improve communication between neighbours and young people and their families.

Service and development manager Clive Gross said, “We have been experiencing an increase in the number and complexity of the cases referred to our service over the last year, especially to our Time2Talk service that helps young people experiencing problems within their family or at school.

“We are also seeing a wider variety of issues between neighbours coming to us, including some resulting from the increased pressure on local authorities and social housing providers to accommodate people needing extra support to live independently in the community.”

The service is looking to put up to 14 new mediators through its accredited mediation skills training course which starts next month, who will then help to diffuse local conflicts, neighbour disputes and anti-social behaviour across the area, helping to prevent minor issues becoming major problems and improving the quality of life of residents. The training will take place across five Saturdays in its Hailsham offices, starting on October 12.

For more details about the training and an application form call Clive Gross or Joan Eades at Mediation Plus on 442781 or email training@mediation-plus.org.uk