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The Family Mediation Trust

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

Norfolk - Cambridge - Peterborough - Suffolk - Essex
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01603 620588 - 01223 576308 - 01733 860376

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 was formed by the merger of Norfolk Family Mediation Service and the Cambridge Family Mediation Service in 2020 and now provides mediation across the East of England. The two founding 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 Essex, Suffolk, Norwich, 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.  

Free £500 Mediation Voucher

From the 1st April, The Family Mediation Trust will be providing clients with access to a free £500 voucher to support the cost of mediation relating to child cases.

> The vouchers can be used in conjunction with Legal Aid support. > The funding is provided by the Ministry of Justice. > The Family Mediation Trust will undertake all administration relating to the voucher, so the client does not need to worry. > The vouchers will be discussed with you at the MIAM stage. CALL TO FIND OUT MORE 01603 620588

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 for Excellence

The Centre for 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

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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Blogs


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

What is The Family Mediation Trust?


The Centre For Excellence in Family Mediation brings to you The Family Mediators Conference.

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.

C-for-E: Training and Courses


Family Mediation Training Courses

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

WORK FOR THE TRUST


Accredited Family Mediator - East of England - 01

The Family Mediation Trust is looking to expand our team of accredited mediators.

Following a year which has seen significant growth, the Trust is looking to increase its mediation team with up to three part-time mediators.

The Trust has set out to provide high quality mediation in an accessible way to those that need this support. While current delivery is happening online, our future approach will see a mix of online and face-to-face meetings. Our mediation work is delivered across the East of England. While it would be ideal to have candidates who can work at times in the region to provide face-to-face meetings, we are also open to candidates who can deliver online only.

The successful candidates will be joining a collegiate group of highly experienced mediators, and will be supported with wrap around PPC support and access to training.

The Trust has also expanded its work to include CPD training, and is in the process of creating new services and products for separated parents.
The Trust is seeking family mediators who have full FMC Accreditation in Family Mediation.

Ideally, we are looking for mediators who can join the Service as an employed member of our team; in this way they will benefit from holiday and sick pay. The successful candidates will also have access to PPC support and access to CPD training.

We appreciate that a lot of the mediation sector works under self-employed contracts; for the correct candidate we would be happy to explore these arrangements.

As an accredited mediator, you will be responsible for the delivery of MIAMs and mediation sessions for your clients.  You will be supported by our experienced team of administrators who, collectively, have worked for mediation providers for over 60 years. Each of the mediation team has a designated enquiry officer who will work with them on the management of their clients.

The Trust is a legal aid provider and, as such, mediators will be expected to undertake legal aid assessments. If you have not undertaken this element of the work in recent years, the Trust will train and support you in this aspect of the work.

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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 and Accredited Mediator

Accredited family mediator, supervisor and trainer through the College of Mediators, Adrian has focussed much of the last twenty years training and developing mediators and supervisors.

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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

Belinda is an accredited FMCA Mediator and one of the first UK practitioners to be trained as a parenting co-ordinator.

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Sarina Abdul-Rani

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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Sam Barnett

Enquiry Officer

Sam works on responding to your enquiries online and over the phone.

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Deborah Flatley

Enquiry Officer

Deborah works within our team of enquiry officers/administrators, responding to your enquiries.

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Jo Preston

Chair

Charles McKie

Treasurer

Sophie Smith

Trustee

Andrew Stronach

Trustee

Meryl Hughes

Trustee

Elisabeth Sneade

Trustee

Liz Lewis

Trustee

Hilary Perrott

Trustee

Sarah Calder

Trustee

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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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Referral Form


For Professional Advisers:

The Family Mediation Trust will deliver effective divorce negotiations for your clients. To refer a client, simply complete and return our Solicitors Referral Form.

Download: Solicitor and Organisation Referral Form

Alternatively simply complete the form below.

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By email: admin@thefamilymediationtrust.org

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The Family Mediation Trust
Charing Cross Centre
17-19 St John Maddermarket
Norwich
NR2 1DN




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