New trustees needed for Mediation Plus in Hailsham

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NEW TRUSTEES are needed for a Hailsham-based charity which helps mediate disputes.

John Gallop, the re-elected chairman of Mediation Plus, made the call during his fifth annual general meeting report. He called for new trustees to come forward to help the organisation develop.

Mr Gallop has been chairman of Trustees for Mediation Plus - the community mediation service covering Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes - since it achieved charitable status in 2006. He was instrumental in helping to set up the original pilot local mediation project in 1999.Mr Gallop first became interested in resolving neighbour disputes when working for the district authority, leading to him setting up the charity.

He said: “Having helped to set up the service I soon realised that, on a personal level, acting as a trustee is an excellent way to give something back to the community. I don’t believe that I necessarily have the skills to act as a mediator, they do a wonderful job for the service, but I can help to guide the charity and oversee its business activities.”

Currently Mediation Plus has just four trustees to guide and maintain the service but is very keen to recruit new people to the board, particularly those who might bring in ideas for developing the service or have a professional background in business, finance or legal services. See: www.mediationplus.eu