The success of the North Devon Family Mediation Service has been celebrated with the official opening of its new premises in Castle Street, Barnstaple. The new centre has four dedicated mediation rooms, two waiting areas and separate rooms for the staff t

The success of the North Devon Family Mediation Service has been celebrated with the official opening of its new premises in Castle Street, Barnstaple.The new centre has four dedicated mediation rooms, two waiting areas and separate rooms for the staff to use. The building has also been equipped to a high standard with CCTV in rooms used for child consultations and separate exits for staff and client safety.Manager Amelia Tucker-Jones said: "The old building we used, which was just around the corner, only had three rooms and was not practical for the work or the people we see."The ribbon was cut by special guest Judge David Tyzack QC. The Exeter-based judge said: "As a family judge you see the mess families can get into with litigation. Mediation is more comfortable and can often resolve underlying bitterness. The fact a bigger building was needed shows the excellent job this centre is doing."The number of staff has also grown. There are now four full time qualified mediators and two trainee mediators. Amelia said: "We have all worked our socks off to get this centre up and running and seeing the end result makes it all worthwhile."The centre, which provides the only not-for-profit family mediation service in Devon, has a success rate of 92 per cent within five sessions.Other services include wills and probate disputes, housing issues, sign posting and fact finding. For more information call (01271) 321888.