Community mediation enables parties dealing with disputes to engage in working out their difficulties through a face to face meeting and negotiation at a local level. Community mediation works on improving the quality of life for those living in the community and to support and empower them to live in harmony.
The last decade has seen an incredible extension in the provision of Mediation services at community level. The MII and its members have been at the forefront of working with the Department of Justice, the Court's Service and community orgainsations to instigate initiatives and pilot projects at community level.
A significant MII backed mediation initiative has been successfully introduced recently in Dublin Circuit and District Civil Court Office. (link)The initiative, supported by the Courts Service, involves three mediation services - South Dublin Mediation Service, Ballymun Mediation and Mediation Northside and is supported by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII).
Disputes considered appropriate for mediation include boundary disputes, private prosecutions for breach of the peace, complaints about noise or nuisance pets, and disputes between adult family members on questions of property.
"This is a fantastic service, in particular a lot of credit is due to your Mediators for their help and support, we have found it life-changing. Mediation services are a symbol of equality and the people involved have been treated with respect and dignity"
The MII accredits mediation training courses which meet set training standards.
The purpose of CPD is to ensure that Mediators keep their knowledge and skills up to date for the benefit of users of their service and for their own personal and professional development.