It’s taken a while!
After a long time working in community services and government I decided to set up shop and work for myself. This took me down the road of assisting people in the not-for-profit and small business community to develop plans, write them up and, implement them. This all happened in 2008.
While thinking about units of study to complete my MBA I came across an email about mediation training. At that point I thought this training is going to be more useful than anything that was available in the MBA program at that time so I filled in the form and before too long was trained and accredited in mediation.
Mediation is a really valuable tool to use in reaching agreements so at this point I’m thinking, “How I can develop a practice that will give people the best chance of resolving issues in a really safe way?”
Two things came to mind, increase my knowledge and skills in mediation and then find the right place that is easily accessible and comfortable for people to participate in a mediation process.
Increasing my knowledge and skills has included attending conferences, completing a graduate diploma in family dispute resolution and gaining accreditation, reading,
attending seminars and then working part-time in a community mediation service for the past 16 months. So now I’ve been trained, practiced and helping to coach other mediators through their training it’s time to get cracking with getting the new Centre humming …
Finding the right place took a while. Perth Mediation Centre needed to be in Perth. It needed to be easy to get to by car or public transport (or, of course Uber) and it needed to be a place where people would be most comfortable about coming together to have important conversations.
That place is now at 130 Edward Street in Perth. It is very easy to get to by car
or, by any bus that travels along Lord Street or, an easy stroll from either Claisebrook, McGyver or Perth railway stations. (I think McGyver is the closest)
So now the whole project has come together, Perth Mediation Centre is available to help people make plans, work out how to implement them, resolve conflict and create new futures.
Hope to see you soon.