Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service (BHIMS) offers a comprehensive range of services aimed at resolving many different conflicts and disputes. They work across Brighton, Hove and into the surrounding area including Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven.
They can help:
- Local communities where neighbours or residents are in dispute.
- Families in conflict.
- Tenants and landlords in dispute.
- Local businesses who have a workplace conflict.
- Sheltered housing, care or nursing home providers and their residents.
Civil Legal Advice is a government-run service offering free legal advice to people who are eligible for Legal Aid. You can get guidance on whether you might be eligible for Legal Aid here: https://www.gov.uk/check-legal-aid
CLA offers help for problems including:
- debt, if your home is at risk
- domestic abuse
- family issues, eg family mediation or if your child’s being taken into care
- special educational needs
- issues around a child being taken into care
They offer a free translation service if English isn’t your first language, and you can book a British Sign Language interpreter if you’re deaf or hard of hearing.
You can find out how much calls cost here: https://www.gov.uk/call-charges, and you can request a call back by texting ‘legalaid’ and your name to 80010 (this costs the same as a normal text message).Find out more »
Mediation East Sussex offers a range of types of mediation, including:
- Family mediation – For all issues surrounding separation or divorce
- Neighbourhood mediation – Helping neighbours in dispute
- Intergenerational mediation – between children/young people and their parents/carers
- Peer mediation – takes place in schools, by pupils for pupils.
- Workplace mediation – resolving disputes between people who work together
- It also offers bespoke mediation tailored to individual needs.
Some of these services are offered at their offices at St Leonards on Sea and others take place at different locations in East Sussex. See more details on their website. The service is contracted by the Legal Aid Agency to provide legally aided mediation where people are on certain benefits or low income.Find out more »
The Youth Advice Centre offers advice, support and guidance to young people in Brighton and Hove. Their services include:
- housing advice for young people (under 26) who are homeless or threatened with homelessness
- one to one support and advice for 13-25 year olds, including emotional health & wellbeing, sexual health and debt and benefit support
- family mediation aimed at reducing homelessness through support with relationship breakdown (mainly for 16-17 year olds, but they can also work with 14-15 year olds and their families)
There are also a range of other services which operate at the centre. See the website for the most up to date information about the opening hours for each service.Find out more »