Mediator & Restorative Action Facilitator

Organization Details
Organization Name: Mediation Services
Address: 302-1200 Portage Ave.
Winnipeg MB  R3G 0T5
Website: http://mediationserviceswpg.ca/
Organizational Description: About Mediation Services

Conflict is a natural and necessary part of the human experience - one that sometimes requires outside help to reach a solution.

Mediation Services is here to be that help.

When people are in conflict, whether it is with a neighbour-a family member or someone else-or if one person has committed a crime against another, we help them explore positive outcomes.

In all our work, we respect individual needs, concerns and opinions in the problem-solving process - emphasizing participation as the foundation of successful resolutions.

We celebrate diversity among people and value differences as a source of creativity and starting point for resolution.
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Description of Duties: Mediation Services' Restorative Action Centre works with individuals who have committed an offence and with the individual(s) against whom the harm was done. We are a legally recognized alternative to court and currently receive approximately 500 referrals from the Manitoba court system each year.
We bring people who have been harmed, and parties who have been charged together in a safe, structured situation where they can talk and listen to each other with the goal of building understanding and finding a resolution to the crime. Our work is based on the principles of restorative justice.

We offer a number of processes to meet the needs of the many individuals who use our services including: mediation, restorative action meetings, and community justice forums

Volunteer Responsibilities
- Review assigned files with the caseworker
- Prepare the room
- Review pre-session considerations with co-mediator/facilitator
- Welcome and host participants
- Create a safe, comfortable environment
- Facilitate meetings to explore the situation, impacts, and needs of the parties
- Agreement writing for Manitoba Justice
- Debrief with co-mediator/facilitator and report to caseworker
Skills Required: -Degree and/or experience in human services field an asset: counselling, conflict resolution, social work, human resources, teaching, lawyer etc.
-Strong verbal and written communication skills
-High self-awareness and self-regulation
-Entry level computer skills; proficient in Microsoft word and email correspondence
-Experience working with people from diverse cultures an asset
-Experience working with people who have been in conflict with the law an asset
-Ability to maintain confidentiality
Skills Gained/Related Careers: Conflict Resolution
Mediation
Communication Skills
Emotional Intelligence
Age: 18-30, 31-54, 55+
Time Commitment: Daytime, Evening
2X 4 hours per month Long term: Minimum 3 year commitment
Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? Yes
Will cost be reimbursed? Yes
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Uses a wheelchair
Organization will provide: A letter of reference
Evaluation
Supervision
Training/Orientation
How to Apply: Email: skornelsen@mediationserviceswpg.ca
Online: www.mediationserviceswpg.ca/get-involved
Closing Date: Oct 31, 2019
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