The New Heeley Voice is a free community magazine that Heeley Development Trust produces on a quarterly basis. The first Heeley Voice was produced in 1971 as ‘the mouthpiece of Heeley residents’. The local area was undergoing significant change at the time and it was used to let residents know of demolition notices for their houses and as way for people to express their views on the changes ahead.
The Trust started to produce the current version of the New Heeley Voice in Autumn 1997 as a way of letting local people know about the positive things that were now happening in the area. The Voice is now a really valuable resource for groups and organisations to share information about the work they are doing locally, we deliver 4,500 copies door to door, have drop off points at local shops and have established a mailing list for people outside the area (We send a copy to an ex resident that wants to keep up to date with local news… from Devon!).
The content for the Voice comes from our community, we do not have the funds to employ journalists and have limited editorial capacity within the Trust so we depend on local groups, residents and statutory organisations to put the ‘meat on the bones’. We receive lots of contributions for each issue and often struggle to fit everything in as we have to restrict the size of the publication.
It is available to view online, where we publish everything we couldn’t squeeze into the print version, and for those living outside the delivery area it is available on subscription for £5 per year. We only have a small amount of advertising space available for local businesses but would welcome sponsorship to cover the print and delivery costs of each issue.
If you would like to comment on the Voice, are interested in advertising or could volunteer to help produce future issues, please contact the Trust on 0114 2500 613 or email firstname.lastname@example.org