Our Practitioners are trained and supervised to accompany you through difficult conversations and to deliver training. We want every place of worship to be a place for hope.
Practitioner team members are available to:
The Practitioner team is a multi-denominational group who volunteer their time and expertise to provide mediation, training, facilitation and coaching to groups and individuals. Practitioners work in groups of two or more to draw on each other’s experience and wisdom and offer peer support as they host conversations. They are particularly adept at helping large, multi-party groups to navigate change and host difficult conversations. Place for Hope provide ongoing training, coaching and supervision to the Practitioner team to ensure they are appropriately supported and that the work is delivered to a professional standard.
Practitioners complete a selection process then training programme taught by Place for Hope and accredited through Scottish Mediation. This is a mutual discernment process. Once commissioned Practitioners are then mentored by experienced Practitioners. All Practitioners attend regular Continuing Professional Development and receive regular Supervision.
Our Practitioners live throughout Scotland and the north of England. We are comprised of volunteers who feel a calling to the ministry of reconciliation. Drawn from diverse backgrounds, each team member has a personal faith and is dedicated to the art of ‘navigating conflict and hosting group dialogues’. All Practitioners sign the Place for Hope mutual agreement. The team includes:
We deeply value and affirm the great skill and time commitment our Practitioners offer to make the work of Place for Hope possible.
Place for Hope staff coordinate requests for support and training. Practitioners are then allocated, in pairs, to a piece of work depending on availability, location and particular interest or expertise. After an initial briefing from staff, Practitioners oversee and deliver the work allocated to them. Place for Hope ensure Practitioners receive support and professional supervision throughout each piece of work. The team meet together at least twice each year for support and ongoing training. We see ourselves as a community of friends and colleagues on the journey towards reconciliation.
If you would appreciate support for a conversation or training, please get in touch. One of our staff with contact you as soon as possible to discuss what you need.
Our Practitioner team is made up of volunteers. We augment the team from time-to-time to maintain a balance of gender, location, age and faith belonging and are always interested in hearing from people who might be interested in joining our Practitioner team. Anyone who feels a sense of vocation or calling to the ministry of reconciliation, who has a sympathy with the Christian tradition, and is willing to work to our mutual agreement may apply to join the team. New members are identified through a selection and interview process and then receive training and on-going support. Please contact us for more information.
“If you want peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.” — Desmond Tutu