History of Bristol Mediation
Bristol Mediation was founded in 1987 in direct response to rising social tensions in the city. We became a registered charity in 1991, and sought funding to train mediators and to raise awareness of mediation as a non-violent and highly effective means of resolving conflict without the need for legal action. Our aim was to encourage and enable others to explore ways of coping with, and resolving, conflicts in their own lives and in the life of the community.
Since our inception, we have undertaken various projects which promote conflict resolution in different areas. This has included:
- Working in schools and producing a peer mediation manual
- Restorative Justice for young offenders and victims and looked after children,
- Noise counselling service
- Neighbourhood/community mediation
- Working with young people who are involved in street conflict, gang crime and Anti Social Behaviour providing conflict resolution services to enable greater communication between the young person and their families
- Working with people at risk of homelessness
- Providing Restorative Justice service to victim and offenders in South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset.
- Providing recognised and accredited training in Restorative Justice and Mediation
- Ran Drop ins across the city
- Training hundreds of mediators and more recently Restorative Justice Practitioners
- Running a Road Sharing/restorative approaches project
- Briefings and awareness sessions within communities, within housing teams, within partnership agencies etc
Our current core work is within neighbourhoods and communities working with people experiencing difficulties across Bristol and surrouding areas; providing Restorative Justice services (NERAP) in South Gloucestershire and BANES in partnership with SARI to victims of crimes and those that have caused the harm, providing mediation to young people at risk of homelessness, working on private cases as well as ongoing training and volunteering opportunities.