Become a volunteer mediator

The next Community Mediation foundation training programmes are scheduled for 2018 and each runs over three weekends.

Spring course 2018: February 24/25th, March 10/11th and March 24/25th

Autumn course 2018:  October 20/21st, November 10/11th and November 17/18th.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process which helps people in conflict with one another to resolve their differences.  Typical disputes arise from issues such as noise, high hedges, inconsiderate parking, boundary problems and anti-social behaviour.  Police often get called to this type of incident and they quickly refer it to mediation.

What does a Mediator do?

A Mediator meets people in their own homes to understand what has happened and what they want to happen. Mediators can then help people work towards a resolution that is acceptable to all, meeting in a neutral venue.  In this process, mediators avoid taking sides, making judgements or giving guidance.  Instead they listen carefully, ask questions to clarify and challenge assumptions, and they manage the process.

Who becomes a mediator?

Mediators come from different backgrounds and bring different experiences.  What they share is a quiet confidence, calmness and open-mindedness.  They are able to listen intently and communicate clearly.  They inspire trust and maintain confidentiality.

What is the training to become a mediator?

We provide suitable candidates with training which can be accredited by the Open College Network.  The foundation course takes place over three (non-residential) weekends.  If you already have relevant experience or qualifications we would be pleased to hear from you.

Find out more about becoming a mediator

This voluntary opportunity is stimulating and satisfying.  It does however require a commitment to several hours casework per month over two years.  It may not be practical for you if you are working full time or if you do not have your own transport.  However, more flexible opportunities exist from time to time in supporting our work, in PR, marketing, trusteeship and IT, so please get in touch if these are your skill areas.  Return this form to us by email or post: Volunteer application form