We are an independent charity and receive no statutory or direct government funding. We raise our income through bids to trusts and foundations for project work and though Service Level Agreements with local social landlords, local authorities and other statutory authorities. We also seek donations from the residents of the communities we serve and, where our work is not covered by other funding, ask them to pay our costs in order to keep our service sustainable.
Our patron is the award-winning international crime thriller novelist Peter James. Peter supports us with a number of initiatives and is happy to represent us at external forums. He has recently been assisting us with our upcoming mediation film. More information will be posted on our News pages. For further information about Peter please see here.
Our organisation is overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees who meet regularly to ensure the aims and objectives of our organisation are met and that we maintain the highest standards in the delivery of our services across our area. The Board consists of up to ten Trustees elected annually at our Annual General Meeting. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Trustee, we would be pleased to hear from you.
Our Office Team
Our Office Team are based at our office in central Brighton and are responsible for the day-to-day running and development of our services. They make the initial contact with all the parties involved in mediation cases and support our team of volunteer mediators. We have seven part-time members of staff.
We have a team of experienced and accredited volunteer mediators based across our communities who usually work in pairs to help people find a solution to their problems. Our mediators come from all walks-of-life and backgrounds and some have specific qualifications in specialist types of mediation.
Brighton and Hove Independent Mediation Service was set up as a registered charity in 1993. In April 2019 we became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, with a new the charity number 1181888. Our latest Annual Report and Accounts are available here: BHIMS Annual Report 2019-20 and BHIMS Annual Accounts 2019-20