Wandsworth Mediation Service News

Fundraising - thank you, Waitrose!

WMS was pleased to be chosen by the in-store panel at Waitrose, Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth, to be one of their Community Matters charities during the month of May 2013.  WMS was presented with a cheque in the sum of £250 as a donation towards its community mediation work.   A big thank you to Waitrose and to the Waitrose customers who 'voted' for us by using their green tokens in support of WMS!


Professor Elizabeth Stokoe visits WMS

WMS hosted the first of its 2013 supervision sessions for community mediators on Tuesday, 7th May 2013. We were delighted to welcome Elizabeth Stokoe, Professor of Social Interaction at Loughborough University, who came to speak to us.

WMS at charity conference

Picture of WMS stall and Service Manager at conferenceWMS was pleased to attend the S.T.O.R.M. Womens’ Conference as a stall holder on Thursday, 25th April 2013 at Wandsworth Town Hall.

WMS exhibits at Wandsworth Community Advice Day

On Thursday 1st November WMS will be exhibiting at the Wandsworth Community Advice Day. The day, taking place at the Civic Suite on Wandsworth High Street, is open to anyone living in Wandsworth and aims to provide useful and relevant advice to all of the community.

As a local service providing mediation for the community of Wandsworth we will be talking to people interested in using our service as well as people who may refer to us.

Deutsche Bank offers to support WMS (with a catch!)

“Your help eased a very difficult situation. We are now able to talk freely and express feelings and opinions”

Joan explaining how mediation helped resolve differences over childcare with her ex-partner

“After four years I finally feel I am at peace in my own home. Tim and I have been talking and things are much better since the mediation”

Richard comments on how mediation helped to resolve a conflict with their neighbour

BBC profiles importance of conflict resolution training

A year on from the summer riots the BBC has recognised in a recent news story the importance of training the next generation to deal with conflict more positively. The BBC article, Anti-social behaviour training 'could defuse conflict', looks at evidence from the RSA, (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) who commissioned a report into the riots and the response needed to them.

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.

Mediation: bringing out the brighter side of our borough

June saw Wandsworth Mediation Service profiled in Brightside, the council magazine delivered to every home in the borough. The article, included below, explains the real impact of our work at the grassroots level:

We are the brighter borough…so let’s get better at resolving our disputes!

Local resident and QC Stephen Ruttle explains how he set up Wandsworth Mediation Service- a charity that helps members of the Wandsworth community resolve their differences.

WMS joins forces with STORM for woman’s conference

April saw WMS join forces with STORM, a community group supporting mothers parenting alone, to host a stand at their ‘Women of Power’ conference. The event was a resounding success, with key figures such as Ian Duncan Smith MP and the Mayoress of Wandsworth attending the day.

WMS participates in Noise Action Week

From 21-25th May 2012 we’ll be taking part in Noise Action Week, a week organised to focus people’s attention on the problems excessive noise can cause.

Mediation is an excellent tool to resolve some of the conflicts caused by excessive noise. The process provides a safe place where people can come together, with an impartial third party, to hold a difficult conversation. We find that mediation helps people to understand each other’s point of view and work towards a shared solution for the future.