Celebrating WMS volunteers and the fabulous work they do

Last week Wandsworth Mediation Service (WMS) held an inaugural summer drinks reception to thank the volunteers and partners of WMS for their enormous contribution to the charity.

WMS operates with just two part time members of staff and an enormous 40 volunteers. Over 60% of those volunteer as community mediators, to help families and neighbours to resolve conflict positively. The remaining volunteers give time in the office, helping with administration or community work, or as pro-bono commercial mediators helping to raise vital funds for our work.

Trustee of WMS Russ Spargo commented on the outstanding work undertaken by volunteer community mediators, saying: “It is one thing to be a paid mediator, spending hours listening to angry people. It is quite another to do this as a volunteer. We simply could NOT function without the time and skills given by our volunteers.”

Nearly all of the people WMS speak to are referred by other agencies such as housing providers, citizen’s advice bureaus, schools, the police, the family information service or other community organisations. Without their support and belief in mediation there would be very few individuals brave enough to try mediation.

Commenting on just how much we value our referrers Stephen Ruttle QC, Chair or WMS, writes: “We rely heavily on other people to spread the word about what we do. Mediation is not always the first thing people think of when they find themselves in a conflict situation. However, with the help of a supportive referrer, people will often consider taking time to have a difficult conversation and find a better way forwards for the future.”

If you would like to refer to us or are interested in being involved please do get in touch.