West Leeds Life: Time to get involved and tell your story!


It’s been a little over six weeks since we quietly started up West Leeds Life – and today we’re asking YOU to get more involved!

Walkers take in the sun and sights on a walk at New Wortley Community Centre. Photo courtesy New Wortley CC
Walkers take in the sun and sights on a walk at New Wortley Community Centre. Photo courtesy New Wortley CC

In that time we’ve had more than 1,700 page views of over 50 articles and covered local issues such as the future of Armley Town Street, Mike’s Carpets building restoration, controversial roundabouts in Swinnow, a campaign for traffic lights in Pudsey and calls for the eyesore site of a Farnley social club to be tidied up.

We’ve featured the work of volunteers at Bramley Baths, Incredible Edible Kirkstall, the Pudsey Park Steamnroller Group, Armley Common Rights Trust and their free hanging baskets and the fab (record-breaking) guys at Farsley Festival.

Our aim is to connect people with their local community – and get more people involved, celebrating the role of volunteers and the people who get up off their backsides and do good stuff.

So we’ve been busy – and we’ve not event launched yet!

We’d certainly like more of you to get involved in West Leeds Life as community reporters/correspondents, tell us your story, tell us why ‘west is best’ and the story of your community!

If you are interested in contributing and get involved to help tell the story of your patch of West Leeds then please join us at our first informal meeting on Tuesday, 30 June, where we’ll outline our plans and hear how you think we can bring to life the news and views of the good, bad and random of our wonderful (and sometimes weird) part of Leeds.

Who are we looking for? Well, EVERYONE has something to offer!

People with a passion for where they live, who have a little time to invest and interest in helping shine a light on community stories, people, news, history, the interesting stuff.

You may already run a blog in West Leeds, or have an active twitter account, or are brilliant with a camera, a fiend for finding facts. We’re really interested to develop a network of community reporters, story tellers and instigators across West Leeds.

Don’t worry if you don’t have any of these skills, we can offer training and support to help you.

To confirm your attendance, and for confirmation of our venue, check out our Eventbrite page to register.

We hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, email us westleedslifenews@gmail.com or tweet us @westleedslife. You can find us on Facebook and check out our contribute page for more.

Thanks for your time – Editor John Baron (from Farnley) & Emma Bearman (from Armley).



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