Wandsworth Mediation Service News

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

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.