Outgoing Eastbourne Mayor Steve Wallis was so moved by a charity’s work during one of his first visits in office that he has trained as a mentor for the local group. 

He attended an event held by The Band of Brothers in June 2019 soon after becoming Mayor, and was immediately inspired to become actively involved with the Eastbourne group which helps young men develop, improve their lives and the community they live in. 

Councillor Wallis has since taken part in community days and weekends, become a co-ordinator and last year he completed his mentor training. 

He said: “I now mentor young men, those on probation from prison and those older men who want to become mentors. “When I saw the amazing work being done by A Band of Brothers in helping young men who want to change their lives and enabling them to lead a fulfilled life, I knew I had to get involved.”

The first young man Councillor Wallis mentored was Daniel Turner, aged 25, who said: “When I have been bothered by something, Steve has been really good at making me see it in a different way and talked through my issues.  

“He is a great friend and has always been available whenever I asked for his help.” 

For more information about A Band of Brothers in Eastbourne visit: abandofbrothers.org.uk/communities/eastbourne-community 

Councillor Wallis ends his two mayoral terms this week with the appointment of Councillor Pat Rodohan as the new Mayor of Eastbourne at the council’s annual meeting on Wednesday (May 19).