Transition Nelson is excited to announce a new program in partnership with the Mir Centre at Selkirk College.
The Nelson Good Neighbour Program will recruit volunteers to act as community mediators. After a FREE 3-day training sponsored by the Mir Centre at Selkirk College, the volunteers will collaborate to design a system for responding to community requests for help resolving conflicts and building relationships among neighbours.
The idea for the program came from another Transition Nelson initiative, the cross-sector table. The cross-sector table brings together leaders from different sectors in Nelson, including the environmental, social service, government, business, education, and health sectors. At one of the meetings, it came up that enforcement of bylaw complaints is a stumbling block for addressing community needs. The group brainstormed how a community mediation program could help to address that need as well as strengthen the social fabric of our community.
The Good Neighbour Program has received vocal support from the Nelson Police Department and positive feedback from Nelson City Council. With this support in hand, Transition Nelson is looking to launch the program in Spring 2012. Volunteer mediators are now being sought to participate in the development of the program and become the first communtiy mediators for the City of Nelson.
The FREE training will be held on Mar 30- Apr 1, with mandatory follow up dates on April 14, June 19, Sept 4, January 8, and April 2 2013. For more information, or to apply, download the application form, available on the Transition Nelson website.