Sussex Mediation Alliance Conference – Press Release

A major conference is being held in Brighton next Monday 10th October looking at how best to empower local people to deal with neighbourhood conflict.

 Organised by the Sussex Mediation Alliance to mark UK Mediation Awareness Week 2016, speakers include Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner and Rachel Chasseaud, Head of Tenancy Services, Brighton and Hove City Council.     The one-day conference will look at ways of empowering local people to deal with conflict in their communities without involving statutory organisations like the police and local authorities.

 With over 90 delegates from East and West Sussex already signed up to attend, the day will start with Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner talking about the role of the PCC in empowering local communities.  Also speaking is Peter James who is a Patron of the Brighton and Hove Independent Medication Services (BHIMS).

 Nicola Hawkins Service Manager of Hastings and Rother Mediation said: “This is the first conference of its type to be organised and it reflects the growth in interest over recent years in how best to empower local communities to deal with difficult issues for themselves.  We are delighted to have some top class speakers and workshop leaders coming to share their experience of how to achieve this that we can use across Sussex.”

 The Sussex Mediation Alliance represents the four independent charitable community mediation services that operate across Sussex – Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service (BHIMS), Hastings and Rother Mediation Service, Mediation Plus in Eastbourne and Wealden, and West Sussex Mediation Service. 

 The Alliance, with the support of over 200 professional volunteer community mediators across the county, provides support to help resolve neighbourhood disputes that usually involve breakdown in communication resulting in mistrust, suspicion and in some cases hostility.  The most common issues mediation can help with include noise, anti-social behaviour, boundary issues, clashing lifestyles and issues relating to pets.

 The conference takes place on Monday 10th October at the BMECP Centre in Fleet Street, Brighton.