Wandsworth Mediation Service News

South London Business Awards accolade for WMS

On the back of winning the Best Charity award at the Wandsworth Business Awards in 2018, WMS is delighted to announce that it was commended by the South London Business Awards 2019 in their Best Charity category.  The South London Business Awards rewards and celebrates South London‘s many dynamic and innovative businesses and charities.  WMS is appreciative that the judges saw the value of the work that we do in supporting our local community resolve conflict.  We thank our mediators for volunteering their precious time to support our work.  Congratulations to the winner, Generation Success

Grant from Wimbledon Foundation to run more community workshops

Wandsworth Mediation Service is thrilled to have been awarded a grant by the Wimbledon Foundation to run a follow up to its successful Good Neighbours and Talking Families course, this time in Southfields.  The vision of WMS is to help people who are in conflict.  One of the ways it does this is by training and equipping people to communicate better and change the way we deal with conflict within our families, and the places we live and work.

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. 

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