The Family Mediation Trust

A partnership of
Norfolk Family Mediation Service
&
Cambridge Family Mediation Service

Locations across Norfolk: Tel 01603 620588

Locations across Cambridgeshire: Tel 01223 576308

Welcome


The break-up of any relationship is painful and difficult, even more so when children are involved.  There are decisions to be made about the future: about shared parenting of your children, about money, and about where everyone is going to live.  Family mediation is a key approach to helping people make these decisions in a professional, confidential and supportive way.

The Family Mediation Trust is the new name for the combined services of the Norfolk Family Mediation Service and the Cambridge Family Mediation Service. These two services have been delivering family mediation and other supportive programmes to families across Norfolk and Cambridgeshire for over 37 years.

The Family Mediation Trust is currently delivering its services online through Zoom, Teams, Skype and WhatsApp. When face-to-face delivery resumes, the Service will initially deliver mediation in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Kings Lynn and Cambridge, with The Separated Parenting Information Programme (SPIP) continuing to run in Cambridge and Peterborough.

The service prides itself on not only having an outstanding team of accredited mediators, with a wealth of knowledge and experience, but also in providing mediation at a local level and in a way that makes it accessible to all, irrespective of location or income.  

Services


Family Mediation

Our mediators help families to resolve and prevent disputes through joint decision making, minimising the use of courts in a timely and cost effective approach.

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Separated Parents Information Programme

In our SPIP we help to manage conflict between separated parents for the best interests of your children.

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Inheritance Mediation

Inheritance mediation explores the options of achieving a satisfactory settlement when a loved one dies.

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Centre of Excellence

The Centre of Excellence will explore ways of maintain excellence in mediation through training and research.

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Co-parenting during Covid-19 Lock-Down

Mediator Sarina sets out how her own co-parenting approach is working.

At this time when it can be almost impossible to co-parent, Sarina sets out how she has approached the challenges of adjusting her parenting arrangements, dealing with the problems of having to isolate and of sharing of school work.

Key Information


Key information for anyone looking to access Family Mediation

The cost of mediation

Please find answers to all your questions regarding the cost of mediation

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Legal aid support

Legal aid and reduced fee rates could support you through the process of mediation

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Mediation FAQs

Everyone has a lot of questions - we have gathered some of the most frequent here

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Mediation locations

Mediation is delivered across the East of England; find your nearest location

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SPIP FAQs

Questions regarding the Separated Parents Information Programme

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Additional support

Additional resources that can help you through mediation and separation

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Case studies


Real life stories of Family Mediation cases - Children, moving abroad, managing pensions and mortgages, and MIAMs are all covered

Child mediation

Helping children spend time with both mum and dad: the story of Nigel, Emma and Jake

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The value of a MIAM

Avoid a stressful court battle while also saving money: the story of John and Zoe

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Financial mediation

Financial mediation in later life provides a clean break: the story of Ron and Barbara

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Post-breakup mediation

Keeping in contact when a child moves abroad: the story of Penny and her parents

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Domestic abuse

Effective mediation in cases that include domestic abuse: the story of Jane and David

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"It gave me a way forward, a chance to try and express my concerns about my children's future in a productive way rather than through email or text."

Why mediation?


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Mediation Blogs


Practical guides to family mediation: key steps to mediation, what to expect from a MIAM, three types of mediation, and child-inclusive mediation

"The staff Involved were knowledgeable, impartial and incredibly professional."

What is The Family Mediation Trust?


The Family Mediation Trust is a charity dedicated to limiting the pain and cost of divorce, separation and family disputes to families across the East of England.

What is The Family Mediation Trust?
Based on over 37 years of knowledge and experience of the Norfolk and Cambridge Family Mediation Services, The Family Mediation Trust formed in 2020 to help develop and train the next generation of family mediators while raising the profile of mediation.

Now with greater expertise, recognition and accessibility, we are able to provide our best quality mediation across the East of England and uphold the mediation service as a positive process during a separation.

Stephen Burke, Chair of Norfolk Family Mediation Service, says: "The merger of Norfolk and Cambridge family mediation services will create a stronger organisation, better able to reach and serve more families going through separation. The Family Mediation Trust will become a major force working for the good of families going through difficult and stressful times.  It will build on the excellent work delivered by qualified mediators over several decades.  I thank everyone who has contributed to that legacy."

With the support of a friendly, professional mediator, we aim to help you agree on the things that really matter: who will pick the children up from school, who will have them in the holidays, and most importantly, how they will spend time with both parents.

Relationship breakdowns also result in the need to agree how assets, such as the family house or pensions, are divided.

We pride ourselves on providing a client-centred service.  We strongly believe that mediation can help families through difficult times, helping separated couples build a new relationship based on fairness and respect, so that they can move forward and provide a stable, happy future for their children.

Whilst we are customer-focused and professional, being a charity also allows us to support the families of the East of England in additional ways.  We offer a reduced-fee service for low income families who do not qualify for legal aid and we are also actively involved in a range of community projects where our mediation skills can add value - examples include housing conflicts or enabling serving prisoners to agree access agreements with their children.

Meet the Team


Jane Bridge

PPC and Accredited Mediator

Delivering professional mediation to the trust for 18 years, Jane brings her vast experience of family law to conduct child inclusive mediation sessions.

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Adrian Wright

PPC

With 25 years’ experience as an accredited mediator, Adrian delivers a range of mediation from child inclusive mediation to crisis support and negotiations.

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Debbie Wahle

Accredited Mediator

Having worked as a lawyer for over two decades, Debbie has spent the last 3 years delivering professional mediation across Norfolk.

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Rebecca Sewell

Accredited Mediator

As a former primary school teacher, Rebecca will be bringing experiences from both mediation and teaching in to her work in Norwich.

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Sue Fowles

Accredited Mediator

Sue brings her vast teaching background to Child Inclusive Mediation and supports people of all backgrounds through online media.

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Wendy Wheatley

Accredited Mediator

Wendy brings her extensive experience as a solicitor to her mediation practice where she has provided support across Cambridge for 15 years.

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Helen Casey

Accredited Mediator

Specialising in family law, Helen’s vast experience as a solicitor has resulted in her providing excellent mediation across Cambridge for 25 years.

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Ruth Collings

Accredited Mediator

With more than 12 years’ experience as an Accredited Family Mediator , Ruth is also an accredited Systematic Practitioner and presents the Separated Parents Information Programme.

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Belinda Jones

Trained Mediator

Sarina Abdul-Rani

Trained Mediator

Wendy Madison-Ward

Trained Mediator

Mike Mack

C.E.O.

Mike provides the team with the support needed to run a professional service and to support the charity objectives.

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Jayne Gilman

Office manager

Jayne provides the Norfolk Family Mediation Service with office support and is the one you will speak to on the phone.

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Debbie Graves

Enquiry Officer

Debbie works on responding to your enquiries in the office.

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Rosemary Pittman

Enquiry Officer

Rosemary responds to your enquiries and will be the person on the other end of the phone.

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Barbara Rijk

Systems Analyst

Barbara provides the team with the a range of administrative support including working on legal aid claims and data analysis.

Jo Preston

Chair

Charles McKie

Treasurer

Sophie Smith

Trustee

Andrew Stronach

Trustee

Sally Harris

Trustee

Meryl Hughes

Trustee

Elisabeth Sneade

Trustee

Liz Lewis

Trustee

Hilary Perrott

Trustee

Sarah Calder

Trustee

News


Contact


  • Charing Cross Centre, Norwich NR2 1DN
  • The Family Mediation Trust is a registered Charity No. 1041476. Registered as a company limited by guarantee and registered in England No. 2975404 © The Family Mediation Trust 2020

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