- Voluntary: people choose to take part in mediation to resolve their own disputes and improve the situation
- Confidential: mediators will not disclose to anyone else what the parties tell them
- Impartial: mediators do not take sides but simply listen and help people in conflict to decide what they want for the future
Mediation helps the disputants come to an agreement that is fair and acceptable to all involved.
Bolton Mediation works with the following types of dispute:
Mediators work with any kind of conflict between neighbours, for example: noise, pets, parking, breakdown in communication. This service has been available in Bolton since 1991 and almost 1500 neighbour disputes have been settled in this time.
Bolton Mediation works with young offenders and the victims of offences. Mediators carry out victim awareness programmes, help young people to write letters of apology, and carry out face to face mediation.
Medi8-Mediation in Schools
The Schools project helps young people to deal with disputes in school. Mediation aims to help reduce the number of exclusions whilst building stronger and safer school communities.
Medi8-Reparation in Schools
This process aims to repair any harm or damage caused by young people. Reparation is achieved through positive activities such as gardening, litter picking and workshops.
Workplace Mediation works with public, private and third sector organisations, providing mediation, training and consultancy services to enable people to deal with conflict at work in a more constructive way.
Mediation can prevent anti-social behaviour by working with whole communities, including new and emerging communities, to understand and reduce the number of reports of nuisance that involve young people. The Safer Communities project also works with the Youth Inclusion Support Panel to provide Family Group Conferencing to young people.
Time 2 Talk
Bolton Mediation works with Aftercare, Homeless Welfare and Urban Outreach to mediate between parents or carers and young people at risk of becoming homeless. Time 2 Talk also works with separating couples to reduce conflict and disagreement.
Could you help settle a dispute?
Bolton and Salford Mediation could not be the success it is today without its many volunteers. The organisation has been continuously developing since it began in 1991 and now has over 100 volunteers and 13 staff members.
Experiences from mediators past and present...
"Becoming a volunteer mediator really helped my confidence grow"
"I learned how to deal with conflict in my own life, in a positive way"
"I gained the experience I needed to get the career I wanted"
If you would like to know more about any of the above projects or becoming a volunteer mediator, please call 01204 335258.