The content, presentation and whole atmosphere was exceptional; I cannot remember a day where I have felt that pupils learnt and gained so much with the help of some highly experienced professionals. It was a real privilege to watch and be a part of it. Delyth Draper, Wellington College
TalkingWorks was initially sponsored by three law firms: Allen & Overy, Clyde & Co and Norton Rose Fulbright.
LawWorks was funded by a grant from the Ministry of Justice to provide administration for TalkingWorks.
Other sources of funding supported the delivery of workshops and some schools made a contribution to the cost.
TalkingWorks is now a separate charity and Hill Dickinson, Slaughter and May and the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators have already come forward as sponsors. Further firms are needed to support TalkingWorks by providing £5,000 to sponsor one day’s training and contribute to core costs, or to sponsor two days’ training. This will enable TalkingWorks to expand its reach and fulfill its vision of equipping the next generation of school-leavers with new skills to resolve conflict at home and at work.
A powerful reason to do this sharing of mediation awareness is to realise and witness that the future might indeed be better in the hands of the young people who grasp what it is about so easily. A must for anyone made cynical or worn out by years of dealing with conflict. A gift and legacy for every mediator to make. John Gunner, Head of Mediation at InterMediationTop
Benefits for TalkingWorks Supporters
TalkingWorks enables firms with an interest in dispute resolution to provide immediately relevant work experience to school students and exposure of the firm to schools and students. Our sponsors so far have been law firms but the training is also relevent, for instance, to the work of accountants, chartered surveyors, banks and insurers.The workshop requires no effort on the part of the sponsoring firm and is highly regarded by the mediation profession. Mediators and other professional staff in the firm can be involved in the delivery of the workshop, which can take place in their office. Supporter firms thereby receive the benefit of a programme which:
- engages them with schools
- provides their people with meaningful volunteer work
- enables them to be associated with a social outcome that is widely valued
- gives mediation experience for their professional staff and CPD points for any mediators who participate
This project was an excellent way for the firm to approach the school and through the training to develop a relationship with the school, which was one of our aims. The feedback from the volunteers was extremely positive and a number of them said that they would like to maintain and develop contact with the school and have asked the firm to consider other ways we could support the school. Clyde & Co.Top
Benefits For Our Communities
TalkingWorks helps on many vital issues being faced in the wider community including:
- Teaching young people how to communicate more effectively
- Showing how arguments can be resolved without violence
- Educating people about the benefits of using mediation in many areas of life
- Supporting schools to improve the outcomes and life choices of young people
Brilliant at involving everyone and teaching skills that can be used when trying to create a peaceful atmosphere amongst both colleagues and friends.Top
How You Can Help
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