Govern the Burngreave Messenger – become a voluntary Trustee

We are recruiting volunteers to sit on our Board of Trustees to make decisions about what your community newspaper does.

Being a trustee is a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet interesting people and gain some CV-worthy experience.

Your Messenger needs your help to be a genuinely representative voice of this diverse community.

About the Burngreave Messenger

The Burngreave Messenger is an independent community based newspaper, delivered free to over 9400 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.

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

Join the Board of Trustees

After a difficult period where engagement has been necessarily limited due to Covid, the Messenger has undergone a strategic review of plans and is looking forward to an exciting new era in 2022. This will require new Trustees to join our Board, in order to oversee, shape and deliver this vision.

Whether you are an experienced Trustee or keen to take your first step in volunteering, we want to hear from you.

Our new Trustees will have skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Legal
  • Media
  • Learning Participation and Inclusion
  • Fundraising
  • Profile Raising
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equality/Accessibility

As a Trustee you will be provided with an induction, relevant training and reimbursement of expenses. You will also have opportunities to:

  • make strategic decisions
  • develop new skills
  • network with community members and leaders
  • Influence and shape the exciting vision of the BM/innovative projects

Trustees will be expected to:

  • Attend an average of eight, one hour Trustee meetings per year (online)
  • Attend one full or half day governance and strategy event (in person)
  • Represent the BM at community events where appropriate/relevant

Find out more and apply

For more information about the specific roles on the Board of Trustees, please email Potential candidates can also email this address with any queries about the Charity or the recruitment process.

To apply, please email your CV with a cover letter to by 11:30pm on Monday 21st February 2022.

Applicants will be contacted by 5pm on Wednesday 23 February 2022

Interviews will take place on Friday 25 February 2022.

Donate to the Burngreave Messenger

The Burngreave Messenger is facing an uncertain future following the rejection of our funding application. You could help keep us going and publishing more issues by making a donation.