West Sussex Mediation Service

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Are you a qualified book keeper? Would you like to contribute to helping our community - particularly during these tough times? Do you have 1-2 hours a week to spare? Then this role might be for you.

We provide an impartial and confidential Community Mediation Service specialising in disputes between neighbours and within families. A range of mediation services are free to any residents within West Sussex.  Unsurprisingly, the need for our service is even greater as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown.

We do some great work in the community on a modest budget. We have a small team of 3 paid staff plus 50 volunteeers.

Our bookkeeper is soon to retire, so you will fill a vacancy for a much needed position, during some uncertain times. We have some reserves but much work is to be done to ensure our charity survives into the future.

The key purpose of the  role is to ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. The key tasks are:

  • Maintain the books of the charity by writing up/posting transactions for Payments, Income and Petty Cash manually or electronically.
  • Reconcile the book of accounts and prepare quarterly accounts.
  • Liaise with staff and volunteers about financial matters.

We are recruiting for this role despite the COVID-19 emergency because it's important for our future. We would really like to hear from you if you're interested, even if it may not be practical for us to meet in person for some time. We could talk by phone or video link initially so you can find out more about the role and if it might be right for you. 


A qualified bookkeeper with AAT or ACCA and the following skills:

  • Financial and management ability, accuracy and good communication practice
  • Work independently and to deadlines
  • Computer literate
  • Attentive to detail with analytical skills
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Advantage to have experience in the non profit sector
  • Remote working with small, friendly office team
  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • Demonstrate selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness and honesty.


Volunteering is proven to be good for health and wellbeing. It gives an opportunity to meet new people and enhance/hone skills and to 'give something back'.

Practical Considerations

We will provide an induction session on the workings of our service, which could be done remotely. We will need proof of your qualifications and ID/proof of address. You will sign our confidentiality policy, etc.

When do I need to be available?

Details We need your help for about 1-2 hours a week. You can do this role from home and we are very flexible. Please get in touch and we can talk about how to fit the role around your other commitments.
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  • Suitable for 13 - 16 years
  • Suitable for 16 - 18 years
  • Suitable for a group of volunteers
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  • This role is adaptable for different abilities
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