Mediation is an independent, non-judgmental process facilitated by an independent third party bringing together people or organisations in conflict.
The people in the dispute will all be met with once to talk with the mediator. This first meeting will be held in your own home, or another comfortable venue. At this meeting the mediator will tell you about mediation but also listen to your side of the situation. They will also tell you what will happen next. If all parties are agreeable then a joint meeting will be held between all disputants if. At this meeting the disputants will talk about how the problem has affected them and what they want to happen. The mediator will facilitate the communication and make sure that everyone there acts in a respectful manner. The aim of the meeting will be to reach an agreement where everyone feels they have achieved something. The meeting will end with a written, signed agreement which all disputants take with them.
Mediation is for any person or organisation who are experiencing conflict. I have successfully mediated on cases between neighbours, victims and offenders, in schools, on Special educational needs tribunals, within families, in workplaces, between planning departments and members of the public, and numerous other situations that call for my services.
Mediation is a fast process, independent from any other service. It’s cost effective too, just consider the cost of long legal battles to one day of paying for a mediator! It’s a way of getting beyond the dispute and bringing back the personalities and saving the relationships involved. It also relieves stress, many people who are experiencing conflicts report that their health is suffering too. This is due to long term exposure to a stressful situation. Once this situation is met and dealt with and a resolution is in place then recovery can start to take place both emotional and physical.
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