Its not unheard of for those running charities to disagree over the best approach, the organisation’s priorities and future direction, or see a clash of personalities.
The Scottish Government is promoting an initiative called the Scottish Mediation Network. This offers a useful resource where disputes have arisen or there are relationship difficulties between board members, committee members, employees or volunteers.
An independent mediator can help those involved to work out and express what their issues are, and then explore the options available for moving forward. The Scottish Mediation Third Sector Project provides support and low cost mediation tailored to the needs of the sector.
Anyone in the third sector can phone the Scottish Mediation Network for advice on whether an issue is appropriate for mediation. If it is, and both parties are happy to participate, SMN will arrange for a professional, accredited mediator to conduct a mediation at a low cost depending upon the size of the organisation. Organisations with an income of under £50,000 p.a. may be eligible for pro-bono mediation at no cost.
For further information on Third Sector Mediation please visit the Scottish Mediation website the Scottish Mediation Helpline on 0131 556 118 and quote ‘Third Sector’.