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About West Leeds Dispatch
We’re a community-led local news organisation for West Leeds, giving residents a voice, holding our elected members to account and keeping an eye on developments in the area.
We support and celebrate volunteers in our community. So if you are part of a group or want to set something up, do get in touch to share your story via the West Leeds Dispatch.
We aim to tell you about news and events in West Leeds. We cover:
- Farnley (Old and New)
- and Wortley
Contributors & volunteers
The Dispatch is managed by a small team of volunteers who juggle running this community news service with day jobs, families and other commitments.
We go on holiday, have lives and stuff – so it isn’t a 365×24 process. We welcome people writing guest posts or becoming more regular contributors to the site and we can offer help or support if you’re not sure how to go about it.
We have more than 40 regular contributors/community reporters.
Check out the work of our community reporters here.
Don’t worry about writing ability – we can offer you friendly help and support.
We welcome contributions from readers on all aspects of community life.
We ask that articles are fair and balanced (ie they show both sides of the story) and, above all, are accurate.
We reserve the right to edit submissions where necessary.
We always strive to be accurate, but sometimes mistakes do slip through during the hectic production process. If you find a factual error or have a complaint to make about the Dispatch, please do contact us. You can find details of how to complain here.
We are a member Impress, the first recognised independent regulator of the press.
Independent Community News Network
The Dispatch is pleased to be a founder member of the Independent Community News Network (ICNN), which advocates and lobbies on behalf of independent news publishers across the country.
This site is not affiliated to any political group and is politically neutral. We’ll work with whoever is committed to helping our communities.
Comments on The Dispatch are moderated before approval. We approve comments that disagree with the overall tone of the site, but not racists, ranters, trolls or bullies.
West Leeds Community Media
In 2017 we founded a company called West Leeds Community Media to help manage and develop the West Leeds Dispatch.
The not-for-profit social enterprise is managed by a board of people involved and invested in the West Leeds area and with a shared interest in community cohesion, engagement and enterprise and, of course, the West Leeds Dispatch and local news. They are:
- John Baron (West Leeds Dispatch editor)
- Emma Bearman
- Jim Corah (Treasurer)
- Mindy Goose
- Diane Law
- Kerry Murphy (Chairperson)
- Iola Shaw
- Jill Stocks (Secretary)
- Rebecca Whittington
We do take advertising on our website and in our print edition. Details of costs here.
While you’re here…
Producing your daily dose of West Leeds Dispatch comes at a cost!
There’s the hosting of the website you’re reading now, running our popular e-mail newsletter, membership of independent press regulator Impress, attending summer events, paying for equipment etc etc.
We need at least £200 a month just to break even – that’s money currently coming out of the pockets of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about what’s happening in our communities, connecting you with local groups and organisations as well as holding decision-makers to account and championing local issues.
And all that’s BEFORE we even think about paying something for people’s time – for instance, our editor puts in more than 24 hours a week in his ‘spare’ time to ensure The Dispatch publishes daily.
To put it bluntly, after nearly four years of daily publishing, we are not sustainable!
And we need YOUR help to continue …
For the cost of less than a couple of cups of coffee you can help support local community news and continue to give our communities a voice by taking out a subscription for just £4 per month (that’s just a pound a week).
As a thanks you’ll get your name on a roll of honour on our website. More importantly you will be enabling us to keep bringing you the news that matters about your neighbourhood.
Achieving a bedrock of supporters will give us a firm financial footing and help us plan for the future.
Supporting us couldn’t be easier…
Just follow this link.