Wandsworth Mediation Service - Free workshops for the local community

 

Wandsworth Mediation Service has provided training for 27 members of the local community as part of the ‘Good Neighbours and Talking Families’ project in Balham A series of 2-hour workshop sessions were delivered over a period of 6 weeks, and the project was funded by Wandle Housing Association.

 

Workshop topics included:

 

• How to rebuild relationships,

• Managing emotions in times of stress,

• Improving listening skills,

• Understanding and expressing our needs so that others can understand

 

The participants were a diverse group, including people who work in the local community and individuals who wanted to learn new and better ways of communicating. The sessions were collaborative and the participants were prepared to share and examine examples of conflict in their lives.

 

Course feedback has been excellent, and the participants unanimously agreeing that they had learned important new skills with one of themt saying, “I cannot think of a setting in which this would not be helpful.” We were touched by the honesty and commitment of the group and plan to run more of these courses within Wandsworth.