Last night, Wandsworth Mediation Service hosted a Supervision Session for Volunteer Mediators, with a focus on addressing racism and racial discrimination during the mediation process. The session drew a large and engaged audience, which included our volunteer mediators, trustees, and office team. We were also honoured to have a special guest in attendance, The Worshipful the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Jeremy Ambache.
The session explored the essential skills and best practices required when racism or racial discrimination is alleged during mediation. With our diverse communities and the ongoing strive for social justice and inclusivity, it is crucial for mediators to be equipped to handle such delicate situations effectively and sensitively. Having the skills to address racism in mediation not only ensures a fair and unbiased process for all parties involved but also fosters an environment of understanding, empathy, and respect. This, in turn, contributes to more successful mediation outcomes and promotes harmony within our communities.
The Worshipful the Mayor of Wandsworth, Councillor Jeremy Ambache, commended the dedication of our volunteer mediators, trustees, and staff in promoting conflict resolution and harmony within the Borough. His presence and support highlighted the importance of our work in fostering inclusivity and addressing vital topics like racism.
As a community-focussed organisation, Wandsworth Mediation Service remains committed to empowering our volunteer mediators with the necessary skills and knowledge to navigate challenging situations effectively. We will continue to provide training and support to address vital issues like racism, ensuring that our services remain accessible, equitable, and culturally sensitive for everyone.