The Burngreave Messenger is an independent community based newspaper which is delivered free to over 9000 households in the Burngreave Ward of Sheffield. The Messenger was first printed in 1999 and is a not-for-profit limited company, as well as a registered charity whose trustees are Burngreave residents.
Decisions of the content of the Messenger are made collectively by volunteers in the editorial team and website editorial team. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of production, from writing and photography to proof reading.
From 2016 we have been providing community and youth journalism training courses
- Deliver informal training in writing and website management to develop residents skills.
- Provide more volunteering opportunities for residents to gain experience that builds skills and confidence.
- Support residents to solve problems in our community.
In July 2009 the Burngreave Messenger became a registered charity. Our charitable purpose is to build the capacity of Burngreave residents through the production of the Messenger newspaper and website.
The Messenger aims to:
- increase awareness of services and opportunities available to Burngreave residents
- increase involvement by Burngreave residents in local groups and community activities
- increase confidence and pride in the Burngreave community
- enable greater participation in the Messenger project by Burngreave residents who might find it difficult to be involved
- increase the capacity of Burngreave residents to identify and address problems in their community
- increase an understanding between different sections of the community
The Burngreave Messenger is currently funded by Big Lottery: Reaching Communities and our advertisers.