Our mediation service offers help in the following areas:
- community disputes
- young people facing homelessness because of a family dispute
- anti-social behaviour
The service helps people resolve their differences without involving the police or getting involved in a long and expensive legal battle. It is independent, confidential and free to everyone who lives in South Lanarkshire.
When a referral is made mediators visit those involved in the dispute individually to listen to each point of view.
The mediators can help you work towards a mutual agreement, either through a joint session or separately.
Mediation can help to improve communication and clear up the misunderstandings that are often at the root of a dispute.
We offer a safe environment helping each party to talk and listen to each other and agree on a realistic solution.
Some examples of the issues the service has helped to resolve include:
- boundaries or high hedges
- clash of lifestyles
- young people experiencing family conflict
- those facing homelessness due to a family dispute
Mediation for young people
Time to talk is part of our Mediation Service and is aimed at young people facing homelessness. We can help to reduce family conflict by resolving issues through mediation. We can help to:
- find solutions to make family life less stressful
- improve support networks and communications between families
- make leaving home a planned move
- prevent young people leaving home too soon
- return home if everyone in agreement and it is safe to do so
- treat all family members equally
- provide an opportunity to discuss issues and come to agreements to suit everyone
- not take sides or decide who is right or wrong
You can use our online mediation referral form to make your request or phone the Mediation Service using the contact details on this page. The Service is open from 8.45am to 4.45pm and a message can be left outside of normal working hours.
You can also watch this short YouTube film, Understanding mediation.