A group of nine participants have successfully completed the first pilot community outreach mediation skills training course run by Mediation Plus at the Willingdon Trees Community Centre.
Supported by funding from the Sussex Community Foundation, Mediation Plus adapted its accredited mediation course to meet the needs of learners from a wide range of backgrounds who would benefit from having these skills in their professional and working lives.
The group included a community officer and neighbourhood advisor from Eastbourne Borough Council, a PCSO who helps co-ordinate police to respond to neighbour disputes, two volunteers from a local community drop-in centre, an agency nurse, and a provider of accommodation to ex-offenders.
Mediation Plus Service manager Clive Gross said, “This successful pilot course demonstrates just how much value mediation skills can have in so many different areas, and we are really pleased that we have been able to deliver them to people who are supporting so many different groups in the local community.”
The new mediators all completed the 12-week training and will now have the opportunity to work with members of Mediation Plus’s team taking on new cases across Eastbourne to practise their skills and work to complete their full accreditation from the Open College Network. Mediation Plus would like to hear from other community and voluntary groups, front-line support organisations or individuals which think they could benefit from gaining mediation skills.