Our new team takes shape

The trustees at the Burngreave Messenger are delighted to welcome new members of staff to the project.

Richard Belbin is our new Project Manager/Editor. As a regular contributor and former trustee over many years, Richard has been able to take up the role straight away and has already been hard at work to produce this issue!

Jamie Marriott also returns to the team as our Digital Media Officer. Jamie is another long-standing supporter of the Messenger, having worked for us as an employee and on a freelance basis to design and lay out the newspaper and manage our website. He will be working with volunteers to improve our social media and web presence.

Naomi Cohen is a new addition to the team but very familiar with the Messenger, having written our bid to the Big Lottery Fund: Reaching Communities that is currently funding the newspaper. Naomi takes up her role as Outreach Co-ordinator in April, and will be working with groups across the community to get their voices heard via the Messenger.

Interviews for our Volunteer Support Worker were delayed by the snow, but we hope to announce an appointment in our next issue.

A special thank you

The trustees and editorial would also like to give enormous thanks to outgoing Project Manager/ Editor Amy Palmer. Amy joined the Messenger at a really difficult time during a funding gap, and then for the first two years of our BLF grant.

During that time the Messenger increased from 4, to 6 and then 8 issues per year, involving hundreds of volunteers and contributors, exceeding our Lottery targets each year. We wish Amy all the best in her future career.

Finally, a massive ‘Thank you’ to everyone who braved the snow and frozen pipes to come into Abbeyfield House to help with this edition. It wouldn’t have been possible without you.