Hastings and Rother Mediation

Welcome to our Mediation Service

Established in 1995 our service has a proven track record of helping people to resolve conflict. We facilitate positive, constructive discussions; enabling people to hear one another and to resolve their differences.

FAMILY MEDIATION - Mediation East Sussex offers Family Mediation (divorce or separation) to help agree arrangements for children and/or finance and property. We have venues across Sussex from Hastings to Shoreham-by-Sea. This is a fee-based service but we hold a contract with the Legal Aid Agency to deliver family mediation FREE OF CHARGE to those eligible.

NEIGHBOURHOOD MEDIATION - Hastings & Rother Mediation offers mediation to residents in the Borough of Hastings and the District of Rother. This service is free if you are referred by the Police or Optivo Housing Association or by Rother District Council.

TIME 2 TALK – Intergenerational Mediation between children/young people and their parent/s or carer/s. We support families across Hastings & Rother to help them communicate better and work together to find solutions to the difficulties they are facing within the family. This is a free service.

COVID-19 – As of June 2021 we can offer meetings by videoconferencing (Zoom) or face to face in our specially adapted meeting room.

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For all issues surrounding separation or divorce
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Helping neighbours in dispute
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Intergenerational Mediation (between children/young people and their parents/carers)
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takes place in schools, by pupils for pupils.
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resolving disputes between people who work together
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tailored mediation to suit your needs.

For Neighbourhood, Intergenerational (Time 2 Talk) and Workplace mediation services in the Eastbourne and Wealden areas please contact Mediation Plus, who are based in Hailsham, on 01323 442781 or visit Mediation Plus

For Neighbourhood mediation in Lewes and Brighton & Hove, and Intergenerational and Workplace mediation in Brighton and Hove please contact Brighton & Hove Independent Mediation Service on 01273 700812 or visit BHIMS

Latest News...

6 September 2021

New Training Course - 2022 dates just released

Learn new life skills as a volunteer mediator

    • Would you like to train to help people resolve disputes with their neighbours?
    • Are you a good listener, impartial and non-judgemental?
    • Would you like to work towards accreditation recognised by the College of Mediators?
    • Would you like to learn new life skills?

Hastings and Rother Mediation Service will be running their next Community Mediation training course in St Leonards on Sea starting in March 2022

For further information and an application pack phone us on 01424 446808 or e-mail us at - E-mail: training@hrmediation.co.uk

10 August 2021

Funding received from Safer Hastings Partnership

Funding received from Safer Hastings Partnership

We were very happy and grateful to receive funding from Safer Hastings Partnership for our neighbourhood mediation project which supports neighbours in dispute.

Our neighbourhood mediation co-ordinator, Ali Cooper talks to Hastings Online Times Zelly Restorick. The article gives lots of information about what we do and how you residents of Hastings can get help from our service.

Click here to read the HOT article

1 June 2021

Re-opening of our meeting room

Our meeting room is re-opening!

Client meetings can now take place in our specially adapted meeting room. This applies to all our mediation projects. We have hand sanitiser, face masks (which must be worn unless medically exempt) and moveable transparent screens. The room also has it’s own entrance directly from the street.

29 March 2021

New Government scheme launched

New help available for separating couples

As family dispute resolution experts in East Sussex, we have welcomed a new government scheme offering separating families with children £500 towards the cost of family mediation.

Nicola Hawkins, Service Manager said:

“This new Ministry of Justice voucher scheme will encourage separating couples to settle their disputes away from a family court.

“Family mediation is a process where a professional mediator helps families work out future arrangements for parenting and finance.

“It is quicker and much less stressful than taking these issues to a family court. It’s cheaper too, and for those who benefit from the new voucher scheme, the cost will fall further.

“Mediation helps you stay in control of decisions affecting your family, rather than handing those decisions to judges.”

Parents who want to know more about how family mediation can help them should contact our service on

01424 446808


Click on the link for more information - £1 million voucher scheme

23 February 2021

Funding Gratefully Received

Thank you to Safer Hastings Partnership Joint Action Group

We were delighted to hear at the end of September last year that we have been given a grant by Safer Hastings Partnership Joint Action Group to help fund Time2Talk - our Intergenerational Mediation project. Thank you!

17 November 2020

25th Anniversary

Celebrating our 25th anniversary!

Hastings and Rother Mediation Service is 25 years old today! Nicola Hawkins set the service up from scratch 25 years ago and remains the Manager today - what an incredible achievement! We celebrated with a Zoom get together this morning and hope to be able to get together in person with staff, trustees and volunteers next Spring.

National Family Mediation`
awards for all`
Legal Aid Agency
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner
College of Mediators