Wandsworth Mediation Service News

Wandsworth Mediation Service runs free community workshops in Balham in June and July 2019

We trained 27 members of our local community as part of our ‘Good Neighbours and Talking Families’ project, which ran for 2 hour sessions each week for 6 weeks, and was funded by Wandle Housing Association. 

Successful fundraiser means we can continue to offer community mediation for free to residents of Wandsworth

We raised nearly £17,000 at a fundraising dinner for 140 guests at the spectacular walled garden at Le Gothique In Wandsworth on 16 May 2019.  Particular thanks to our sponsors: Alen-Buckley, Penningtons Manches and Russell-Cooke and to those who gifted our auction and lucky dip items and to all those who came to the dinner or donated to us.  We will safeguard the money we have raised; and spend wisely, as we have always done, for the benefit of our community.

WMS wins prestigious ‘Best Charity’ award at the 2018 Wandsworth Business Awards

We are thrilled to announce that Wandsworth Mediation Service received the Best Charity award at the Wandsworth Business Awards. We feel very honoured to have been selected by the judges from a group of well-known and respected charities. This recognises the hard work that has been carried out by everyone involved with Wandsworth Mediation Service over the past 14 years to help build bridges between those in conflict in our community.

New Service: Conflict Coaching

We have trained 15 of our mediators in Conflict Coaching and we now offer this as a service. This can be extremely helpful where one party wishes to mediate, but the other party is not willing to engage with the process and you feel like you have hit a brick wall.

Support from local organisations

WMS is expanding its outreach and we wanted to make sure that our policy documents and handbooks are up-to-date and comply with legal requirements.  We were introduced to a local charity called Link Up Battersea, which brings together volunteers willing to share their professional skills with local charities, community groups and social enterprises who need those skills to make a real difference in the community.

A look back at 2017

 In 2016, we mediated 52 cases, which is a tremendous result for all our mediators. Our cases are broken down into four key areas: Commercial, Community, Family and Inter-generational and our cases were evenly divided between these areas. 

Here is some of the feedback we received from cases last year:

“Very efficient and cost effective.  Staff and mediator very easy to deal with.  I would use WMS again.”  Commerical Mediation client

Changes to the office team

At the end of 2017 we said farewell to Sarah, who had been managing our community cases with Kirsten, and we welcome Katri to the team. 

Kirsten and Katri are our community case managers. 

A look back at 2016

In 2016, we mediated 51 cases, that’s about one each week, which is a tremendous result for all our mediators. Our cases are broken down into four key areas: Commercial, Community, Family and Inter-generational. Cases are spread evenly across the areas, with the exception of family – which handled the lions share of 20 cases last year.

While we can’t discuss cases, we receive much positive feedback from people who find that mediation does really help people to change things going forward. 

We’ll meet again

We bid farewell to our lovely Rachael Malhi, who has supported us for the past 5 years. It was a very fond farewell from all our mediators who gathered to hear Stephen Ruttle sing Rachael’s praises at our annual trustees event in January 2017. Thank you Rachael, for all of your hard work at WMS.  We will miss you, but we know we will see you again.

Our cases are now managed by Sarah and Kirsten.
 

Grow Your Tenner!

WMS is taking part in the Local Giving match-funding campaign, which starts at 10:00 am on Tuesday, 15th October 2013.  Any donations up to £10 made to WMS on our Local Giving web page  - http://localgiving.com/charity/wandsworthmediation - will be doubled, so a £10 donation becomes £20 plus gift aid!  The match funding is being provided by the Cabinet Office and up to £500,000 is available to eligible charities in England.  Single donations will be doubled pound for pound up to £10 per donation until the money runs

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