Mediation Plus is a not-for-profit charitable organisation formed in 2006 when Wealden Independent Mediation and Eastbourne Community Mediation services combined.
We exist to provide high-quality, impartial and confidential mediation services that enable and empower individuals, groups and communities within our area to have the knowledge and understanding to resolve and manage conflicts and disputes themselves.
Mediation Plus has grown from our original neighbour dispute resolution service to offer a wide range of mediation services including intergenerational, family, peer-to-peer, workplace and commercial mediation.
Mediation Plus is overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees who meet regularly to ensure the aims and objectives of the organisation, as well as the highest standards of service delivery, are met. The Trustees comprise a cross-section of people from our local community and include some of our experienced mediators.
James is responsible for our finances. He has a background of finance in the City and is also a trained mediator: "I find this work immensely absorbing and rewarding. It is such a privilege to be let into people’s homes and lives and nothing is more satisfying than to leave knowing that there is more understanding and harmony in the house than when one arrived."
Barbara taught for 30 years in a number of London Secondary Schools in some of the most economically and socially deprived areas. She has also worked as a consultant and project manager on the development of training, qualifications and exams for a local education authority, the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA), SportsCoach UK, the British School of Motoring, Edexcel exam board, the RNIB, the marine industry, and the football Premier League. She is currently a local Parish Councillor, Vice Chair of Stone Cross Windmill Trust and a representative Trustee of Pevensey Town Trust.
Wendy Shuttleworth has worked as a mediator with Mediation Plus and Time2Talk for several years. Her background is in HR and counselling. Having brought up 3 children following her divorce she has plenty of first hand experience of some of the issues that can arise within families. She has been on the board of Trustees for 4 years. "I am very proud to be part of such a flourishing and forward thinking organisation. "
Lee joined our Board in 2014. He joined the Probation Service eleven years ago to help reduce crime in the local community and to help those people who have made mistakes to live better lives. He now manages a team of Offender Managers across Surrey and Sussex. Lee was born and raised in Eastbourne, his wife is a nurse in Eastbourne DGH and his sons go to school locally. He was drawn to the core values of mediation because the chime with his own belief that people can achieve more, be happier, and lead better lives if they talk to each other and understand each other better.
Caroline has been a mediator with Mediation Plus for 10 years and has had a wide range of practical experience. In the course of her career she has worked as a planner and partnerships co-ordinator in local government, as a practice manager and non-executive director for the NHS and as a senior project officer for agencies such as Action in Rural Sussex. For many years Caroline has been involved in a number of voluntary agencies including the CAB, the local Parish Council and more recently the Samaritans. "I am convinced that effective communication is essential to the well being of the individual, the family, the community and the workplace. Mediation Plus provides an excellent service which encourages and facilitates this approach and I am committed to my role as a trustee in supporting this organisation to the best of my ability."
There is a standing place on our Board for a representative from Sussex Police.
We have a team of experienced and accredited volunteer mediators based across our area who are vital to the success of our service. They are the people who can help parties in each case to work through their dispute and, if appropriate, reach an agreement or resolution that works for them.
Our mediators come from all walks-of-life and backgrounds. Some have specific qualifications in specialist mediation skills. You can find out more about what they do and how you could join them in our 'Volunteer With Us' section.
Mediation Plus is part of the Sussex Mediation Alliance – the joint voice for community mediation across East and West Sussex. It is supported by the four independent charitable community mediation services that operate across both counties and is the cross-county portal for all the latest news, research and developments in the world of mediation. Along with ourselves, these are:
> Brighton & Hove Independent Mediation Service
> Hastings & Rother Mediation
> West Sussex Mediation