The Burngreave Messenger

£5,000 grant towards a volunteering programme at a community newspaper in Sheffield.

Trusthouse supported The Burngreave Messenger to engage 170 local residents as contributors and volunteers. Participants gained experience in writing, interviewing, editing and proofreading, as well as in photography and IT. Grant money also contributed towards the costs of printing and distributing The Burngreave Messenger newspaper, which  allowed volunteers’ work to be seen and published  widely.

Volunteers supported local residents to make their voices heard by reporting on a broad range of local and national issues. Speaking to older members of the community, volunteers recorded memories of World War II, both in Sheffield and Normandy, as local residents commemorated the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Reflecting on her experience as a volunteer, one woman stated: “I have become more aware of and more a part of the local community.”