Could you be a Neighbourhood Mediator?

As a Neighbourhood Mediator you will encourage neighbours who are in dispute to come to an agreement on a particular issue.  You will conduct meetings with each of the neighbours in dispute and work to create a calm and supportive environment in which people can work towards solving their differences. Working constructively and imaginatively with your co-mediator, you will open up communication, clarify issues and build agreements. After gaining experience in several cases you can start volunteering along newly trained mediators to support them through their first few cases.

There is the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised qualification as well as learn new skills, give back to the community, and help others to resolve issues.

City of York Council are looking for volunteers who are able to commit to attend volunteer meetings and training events. Volunteers should have good communication skills, be good listeners, believe in the process of mediation, and be honest and diplomatic.

Volunteers must also be 18 years old or over and willing to undertake a DBS check. Expenses will be reimbursed for travel to and from mediation visits, volunteer meetings and any other event attended on behalf of the Mediation Service.

For more information, please contact:

Carole Bunton, Mediation Coordinator on carole.bunton@york.gov.uk or 01904 551777