Community conferencing

 Supporting City of Yarra residents, groups and organisations to resolve conflict and improve their wellbeing.

Our Community Conferencing Program (CCP) offers residents and people working in Yarra  a safe process to resolve conflict and enhance well-being.

About Community Conferencing

Community conferencing brings together people in conflict, or who are affected by an incident or unresolved issue to find lasting solutions and prevent bad things from happening again. 

A conference is a safe meeting at which everyone works together to address the hurt that has been caused, and to enhance well-being of people involved..

The process can also enhance the communities where participants live.

How it works

At a community conference every participant has the opportunity to tell their story and contribute to the discussion about how to improve their situation.

The group discussion involves three stages that includes talking about: 

  1. what happened
  2. how everyone has been affected
  3. how to resolve the situation and prevent it from happening again.

Managing the conference 

Conferences are run by our convenor who manages all stages of the process, including managing any follow up activities.

The convenor is non-judgemental and does not take sides.

After the conference

What happens after a conference depends on the situation and the actions the group has decide need to happen. 

As the aim is to do good for everyone, people may be connected to networks of support, or given tasks to complete. 

How long it takes

A conference can take between 90 minutes and several hours depending on the issue(s) and the number of participants. 

One conference may be enough.  However, complex and ongoing problems may need several conferences. 

Location

Conferences can be held at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre or a place the group decides is also convenient.

Cost 

Free service.

What next

Our conferencing manager can talk to you privately discuss your situation and how to proceed. 

 

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