The Free Mediation Project

The Free Mediation Project Mediation, free at the point of use - email

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The Free Mediation Project is a remarkable development in mediation in the United Kingdom, although it has its roots almost 20 years ago when the now defunct charity, MediationUK, set out to offer much the same resource to community mediation.  Although that idea perished for want of funding, the Society of Mediators has, through research and a careful study following a pilot project in Devon and Cornwall, been able to launch in 2017 the revised FMP. 

This is a mediation service that is free at the point of use for those who would not otherwise use mediation.  There is no means test, nor any complicated forms to fill in.  It is part of the Charity's mission and we have steadily accumulated funds to be able to launch the Project. 

The FMP is a simple idea - trained mediators, usually in their first  few years of practice, will give their time for free to promote mediation and to gain experience.  The Charity will administrate the caseload for free and will make sure that things happen correctly.  It is insured to do so.  Often, mediators will have been trained by the Society, and it is a condition of use of the FMP that those using it allow trainee mediators ("observers") to watch the mediation under strict confidentiality rules. There will usually be two observers present. 

Those using the FMP will be able to mediate for up to three hours with no charge.  They must sign an Agreement to Mediate and have arranged a venue - unless they wish to mediate at the Charity's headquaters at 218 Strand in London which will be provided for free. 

Users must have agreed to use mediation - the Charity does not have the resources to have someone contact a proposed user cold, and persuade them. 

Other than that - this is a straightforward and effective means of resolving disputes, at no cost.  Businesses, individuals, clubs, firms, societies, workplaces, unions and others have agreed to use the scheme.  The FMP will look to work with a number of professions in 2017/8 offering mediation as part of their wellbeing commitment.  It is an exciting and enterprising use of a superb tool, and wholly compatible with the charitable aim of the Society of Mediators.


Who are the mediators?

Mediators are those who have trained with the Society of Mediators and hold accreditation, insurance, CPD, and sufficient skills to be neutral.

The Project will allocate a mediator to each mediation.  The Project will ensure that the mediators are neutral and not conflicted. 

Are the mediators paid?

Mediators will not be paid, but will receive travelling and out-of-pocket expenses.

Are mediators multi-lingual

Mediators will only mediate in English - if you need a signer or an interpreter, you will need to provide one

How do I use the FMP?

The test is simple - do you wish to mediate, and does the company, organisation, or person with whom you wish to mediate, agree to the same?

If so, then please contact the Free Mediation Project by emailing to enable the mediation process to begin.

Are there rules for using the FMP?

Please note that there are simple constraints -

*  the Charity will not seek to persuade anyone to mediate - you must have agreement from all participants before you approach us

*  the Charity will not provide a venue excpet at its headquarters in London - you must be willing to provide a suitable place for mediation

*  the Chairty will not mediate disputes involving children's residence or contact, or the assets of a divorcing couple: please use a family mediator

*  you must have a date and a place in mind to mediate - the date should be a weekday between 0900 and 1900

*  you must be prepared to sign an Agreement to Mediate which prevents you suing the Charity or the mediator

*  you must be willing to agree to keep what is said or done in mediation confidential and private

How do I find out more?

To keep costs and admin low, we only use email - will get you what you need: please allow 24 hours for a reply. 

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