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NATIONAL MEDIATION WEEK RUNS 14th – 20th OCTOBER 2017

National Mediation Awareness Week takes place over the next few days. It's aim is for the British Army to highlight its benefits and the opportunities it offers to resolve conflict whether personal or in the workplace.

Mediation is a successful and cost-effective alternative to going to Court. It saves  both time and money and in many cases maintains relationships . Mediators do not make decisions or judgements instead they quickly and expertly help people in conflict to reach their own agreement together.

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The Army has its own mediation service that is open to all ranks and over the past has proven to be very successful in solving workplace and personal issues.

All this week we’ll hear from those who run the service, talk to some of those who have been specially trained to act as mediators between parties and we’ll get the thoughts of those who have been through the Army’s mediation process themselves.

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Brigadier Tim Carmichael from the Information Directorate at Army Headquarters has had first hand experience of the mediation process. He's been telling Chris Sturgess why he feels this approach really works for all ranks.

WO2 Angelique Burke is based in Abingdon with 4 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps. She's been telling Chris Sturgess about her role in the mediation team. The first thing she's keen to point out is that mediation is neutral when it comes to a persons position.. 

Lieutenant Colonel Ingrid Hall is also one of the Army's specially trained mediators, a role she took on after she went through the mediation process herself. She's been talking to Chris Sturgess on her experience and why she recommends it as a way to solve issues..

Patrick Moulsdale is head of mediation and training with CMP Resolutions. It's this organisation that provides expert training to Army Personnel on how to resolve issues that they may have with another person or in their regiment. Patrick's been speaking to Chris Sturgess, explaining why this method of solving workplace problems is being widely used, not just by the military but by many top business's too..

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