Wandsworth Mediation Service News

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.

WMS trains new community mediators with grant awarded by Wandsworth council

In February Wandsworth Mediation Service (WMS) trained up fifteen new volunteer community mediators with a grant awarded by Wandsworth Council and further support from the Co-operative Foundation.

The grant, awarded through the council’s Big Society Award Fund, enables WMS to offer more community mediations in Wandsworth to local neighbours and families in dispute. Fifteen local volunteers gave a combined 600 hours of their time to complete the week long training course, which will equip them with the skills to mediate community disputes.

WMS provides mediation training to local young people

Wandsworth Mediation Service (WMS) has been awarded funding from the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund to work with at risk young people in the area of conflict resolution and mediation skills.

WMS will work in conjunction with local charity Future Skills, to provide a series of innovative workshops and mediation training for young people at risk of exclusion. The project will provide these young people with the skills to manage conflict at home, in school and in the wider community.

WMS welcomes second member of staff onto team!

In January this year WMS welcomed Rachael Malhi onto the staff team as a new part-time Case Manager, joining Joanna on the staff team. Rachael will be developing the community mediation service offered to the local community, promoting more referrals for our community mediation work.

Rachael is a local resident herself and has enjoyed discovering how mediation can bring people together to resolve the disputes they face for themselves.

WMS are grateful to the Church Urban Fund who are part-funding this role.