Eighteen newly qualified community mediators have joined the team at Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service (BHIMS).
Alongside the existing team of 30-plus active volunteer mediators they will provide support to local communities needing help with resolving neighbourhood conflict and disputes.
The Sussex Community Foundation provided the funding for the training course which took place over six weeks. Service Manager, Mark Green said: “Last year we dealt with a record number of disputes, with cases referred from the Police increasing by 60 per cent. We are delighted, therefore, to have these new recruits on board.”
The Mediation Service, which is a charity, operates in Brighton, Hove and the Lewes area. Using mediation to resolve disputes and conflict is growing across the country. The majority of cases referred to the service involve breakdown in communication resulting in mistrust, suspicion and in some cases hostility. The biggest problems involve lifestyle clashes, noise, pets and anti-social behaviour.
International murder mystery author, Peter James, recently became the first Patron to BHIMS which receives most of its referrals from the Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove City Council, Lewes District Council and several local Housing Associations.
For more information about BHIMS, including details of other services they provide, visit www.bhims.org.uk. Or telephone 01273 700812.