Wandsworth Mediation Service News

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.

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.

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