Sometimes, it is the little things that can divide communities and create tension. Bins left in the wrong place, parking spaces taken, blocked drives, even noise from dogs or children.
Mediation is a way to resolve a problem without having to resort to local council, police or legal involvement. It involves the help of a trained mediator and people willing to talk through issues and find a way forward that is agreeable to both sides.
Mediation is a three step process. First is for the mediators to understand the issues. The next step is for the mediator to contact both sides (who have agreed to try mediation) and hear each side of the situation. Finally, the mediator arranges to meet with both parties together somewhere neutral and helps them, through a structured process, to talk openly and calmly about the issue.
The mediator does not take sides or cast judgement, they are simply there to ensure both parties have the opportunity to air their thoughts and reach a way forward.
The Big Lottery has awarded Yorkshire Mediation with a grant. This grant is being used to help people in the Mirfield and Ravensthorpe areas of Kirklees. Mediators have been trained and are ready to start helping people, as part of an ongoing free service which will be offered to the local communities by volunteers.
If you live in Mirfield or Ravensthorpe and have a problem that you would like to talk about, contact a member of our team to discuss further.