Community and Intercultural Mediation
Today we live in diverse communities that include people from many different backgrounds and many different cultures. For the vast majority of the time this adds to the vibrancy of where we live, but occassionally misunderstandings can arise as a result of different cultural practices that may effect other people in the local community.
Mediation provides an impartial and independent framework for people from different backgrounds and cultures to work through differences and reach a better understanding of each other. Where language may also be a barrier, our mediators can look to work with a translator to ensure everyone is properly heard. Community Mediation can work with residents, community groups, voluntary organisations as well as individuals.
Community conferencing encourages people to listen to one another in a safe and structured environment, and everyone to be taken seriously. The aim is to encourage empathy and constructive action to address the future needs of the community. As well as bringing the different parties in a conflict together, a community conference involves people who may be able to support those parties. Like the parties in a dispute, this may involve local residents of all ages and other organisations with an interest in the area.
We can provide trained mediators to facilitate local community conferences and group meetings across the Eastbourne and Wealden District areas. Please contact Clive Gross on 01323 442781 for further information.
Community Mediation Training
The benefits of teaching communities mediation skills that they can deploy quickly to prevent low level anti-social behavior problems escalating into major issues was highlighted in the Royal Society of Arts and NESTA joint publication First Aid Approaches to Managing Anti-Social Behaviour: From Concept to Policy (July 2012).
Mediation Plus can design and deliver mediation and conflict resolution training ranging from one day introductory workshops to fully accredited courses to community groups and organisations across Eastbourne and Wealden. Training can be delivered in a local community venues and be structured to suit the availability and knowledge level of the participants.
Please contact our Training Coordinator Joan Eades on 01323 442781 to discuss your requirements.