Devonshire Ward (Eastbourne) Conflict Resolution Support

On a very dull day on the seaside coast, Mediation Plus bought a little sunshine by taking a whistle stop ‘meet and greet’ at the Crown and Anchor. Sarah McEvoy-Peall, Senior Neighbourhood Co-ordinator was joined by Councillor Stephen Holt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council, representing Devonshire Ward, Christina Ewbank, Chief Executive of Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce and Councillor representing Devonshire Ward, and Local PCSO’s Leianna and Chloe to recognise and raise awareness for the conflict resolution support Mediation Plus are offering. 

Mediation Plus were asked to be part of a bespoke pilot late last year, running to the end of March 2024, commissioned by Safer East Sussex Team, to support the residents of Devonshire Ward experiencing conflict in their communities.

The project aim:   

  1. To raise community awareness of mediation in the Devonshire ward in response to the high levels of community conflict 
  1. To increase mediation referrals through Sussex Police for the Devonshire Ward.

What we are doing:

  1. One to One Listening Support – residents of the Devonshire Ward have access to one to one listening support to discuss any concerns they have about conflict they are experiencing. We provide a confidential. impartial, independent listening service helping people to identify what support they need and where best to get it. This is not an advice service, but we will assess cases for suitability for mediation, conflict coaching or signposting to other services.  You can access this using our ‘contact us’ form online or by phoning 01323 442781.
  1. Mediation – we accept self and agency referrals for our mediation service in the Devonshire area as part of this project.
  1. Conflict coaching – where mediation is not possible or appropriate, we can provide more in-depth support, known as conflict coaching to help individuals to think about the situation that is negatively impacting them, and ways of moving forward.