Contact: Karen Ainsworth
Tel: (01282) 436989
Smile is a not-for-profit organisation which helps to resolve conflict in our communities through mediation.
We are a limited company, with charitable status.
Smile is run by a small staff, supported by a team of trained volunteer mediators.
The service grew out of a Government initiative to look into housing problems which were blighting the Burnley and Coventry areas.
The demand for our services increased when the 2002 Homelessness Act compelled local authorities to make mediation available to homeless young people or those at risk of becoming homeless.
Smile went from strength-to-strength, constantly developing its range of its services. As well as supporting people in East Lancashire, our reach has gradually spread across the whole county, into Greater Manchester, parts of Yorkshire and beyond.
A growing reputation for high quality services enabled Smile to reach the point where it is now self-funding.