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Brighton and Hove Independent mediation Service are looking for volunteers to train as community mediators.

No experience necessary, just a desire to help local communities resolve conflict, the ability to listen, be non judgemental and understanding?

A six day course, run weekly on Saturday in March and April next year has been organised. Introductory sessions will be held on Thursday 12th January and Monday 16th January at 6.30pm.

Mediation provides a safe and supportive environment for people in dispute to find solutions to their conflict. BHIMS is a small charity operating in the Brighton, Hove and Lewes area. Most of our work involves neighbourhood disputes, offering mediation or one-to-one coaching.

BHIMS currently has 40 plus experienced volunteer mediations from all walks of life and background. Applications from BME and LGBT applicants are particularly welcome as they are currently under represented in our organisation

To book a place, for an application form and to find out more contact Kathy Whitestone on 01273 700812 or email Kathy@bhims.org.uk

For an application form please go to ‘Mediation Training offered by BHIMS’ on the home page. Look for the link half way down the page to download the application form.

 

 
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We are specialists in Community and Workplace Mediation, Conflict Resolution and Training

Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service (BHIMS) offers a comprehensive range of services aimed at resolving many different conflicts and disputes.

We have helped hundreds of businesses, families, neighbours and organisation since our service began in 1993.

In excess of 80% of cases that go to mediation are successful !

Our team of highly skilled and accredited mediators work across Brighton, Hove and into the surrounding area including Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven.

We can help:

  • Local communities where neighbours or residents are in dispute.
  • Families in conflict.
  • Tenants and landlords in dispute.
  • Local businesses who have a workplace conflict.
  • Sheltered housing, care or nursing home providers and their residents.

Need someone to listen to both sides?

Mediation is confidential, fast, effective and affordable. Because we are a charity, are charges are less than commercial organisations.  Our job is to help and encourage those in dispute to come up with their own solutions and agreements. We do not make judgments or tell people what to do.

BHIMS is completely independent, confidential, impartial and non-judgemental.

More about BHIMS

We are an independent charity and receive no statutory or direct government funding. We raise our income through bids to trusts and foundations for project work and though Service Level Agreements with local social landlords, local authorities and other statutory authorities. We also seek donations from the residents of the communities we serve and, where our work is not covered by other funding, ask them to pay our costs in order to keep our service sustainable.

Our Patron

We are extremely pleased to announce that international crime thriller novelist Peter James has agreed to be our Patron. We are currently working with Peter to devise an engagement plan for this year, more information will be posted on our News pages. For for information about Peter please see here.

Our Trustees

Our organisation is overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees – also known as the Management Committee – who meet regularly to ensure the aims and objectives of our organisation are met and that we maintain the highest standards in the delivery of our services across our area. The Board consists of up to ten Trustees elected annually at our AGM. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Trustee, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Our Office Team

Our Office Team are based at our office in central Brighton and are responsible for the day-to-day running and development of our services. They make the initial contact with all the parties involved in mediation cases and support our team of volunteer mediators. We have five part-time members of staff.

Our Mediators

We have a team of experienced and accredited volunteer mediators based across our communities who usually work in pairs to help people find a solution to their problems. Our mediators come from all walks-of-life and backgrounds and some have specific qualifications is specialist types of mediation. If you are interested in training as a mediator, please see our training section or just get in touch.

Take a tour around our website to find out more or if you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please call 01273 700812 for more advice or email us at mediation@bhims.org.uk