About South Leeds Life

South Leeds Life is a news website and newspaper bringing you local news about the LS10 and LS11 areas of South Leeds.

We were fed up of only seeing bad news stories about our communities in the mainstream media, when we know there are so many positive things going on locally.

South Leeds Life is run by a not-for-profit social enterprise – South Leeds Life CIC, registered at Companies House. The news is written by and for local people. Most are volunteers, but we have a full time Editor – Jeremy Morton.

Our aims are:

  1. To inform people of events, activities, issues and opportunities taking place in the South Leeds community;
  2. To encourage the involvement of the wider community in communicating their experiences;
  3. To foster community spirit and involvement; and
  4. To provide a platform for local people to contribute and respond to community life more fully.

South Leeds Life started online in 2010 and started printing regular monthly newspapers in 2015. We get 20-30,000 page views per month online and distribute 5,000 free newspapers every month.

South Leeds Life CIC is managed by a board. The current members are:

  • Patricia Jackson (Chair)
  • Rocio Torres (Treasurer)
  • Ed Carlisle
  • Bruce Davies
  • Wayne Dixon
  • Dominic Grace

How we are funded

South Leeds Life CIC has three sources of income:

Grants: we apply for grants that may be available to support our work from time to time. We were awarded grants totalling £3,000 during 2017/18.

In the past we have received grants from Community First, Arise and Leeds Community Foundation (Yorkshire Social Philanthropy Fund), LCC Inner South Community Committee and LCC Housing Advisory Panel.

Advertising: South Leeds Life sells advertising both online and in print. We expect to make about £6,000 in advertising during 2018/19.

Subscriptions: We invite individual readers and local organisations to support us through a regular payment. Individuals who pay at least £4 per month receive a copy of the newspaper delivered to their door. Organisations can contribute as sponsors from £60 per year upwards. We expect to receive about £6,000 in subscription income in 2018/19.

In 2017/18 our total income was £16,206. Download our Annual Report here: SLL Annual Report 2017-18

What are our politics?

This site is not affiliated to any political group – we are interested in making the area a better place and we will work with whoever is committed to helping us.

How do you handle comments?

We are always delighted when people comment on the issues we raise. We are realistic about the fact that many open comment sites are, bluntly, ruined by crazy people. Comments on South Leeds Life are moderated before approval. We approve comments that disagree with the overall tone of the site, but not racists, ranters or flamers etc.

Complaints

South Leeds Life is committed to working within and adhering strictly to the Editors Code of Practice.

However, if you feel we have breached the code in any way and wish to make a complaint, please submit your complaint, in writing to the editor. A copy of our complaints procedure is available here.

Disclaimer

The views expressed on this blog are those of individual authors/commenters and do not reflect those of the blog in general. Copyright for words, images and photographs remain with the author at all times.

 

4 Replies to “About South Leeds Life”

    1. Thanks for your question Rach. There are two reasons we haven’t included Rothwell (or Morley, Tingley, East and West Ardsley ….). Firstly we’ve come across lots of people from Rothwell who don’t think they are part of South Leeds as much part of the town of Rothwell!

      Secondly and more importantly, we want this to be a blog with a very local focus. We are part of a movement called Hyper Local Blogging – you can find out more at Talk About Local here. We thought we were pushing it by including all of LS10 and LS11 and we have ambitions to split the blog in the future into Belle Isle Life, Beeston Life, etc. Perhaps you could start a local Rothwell blog?

  1. Hello Editor

    My postcode is Kippax LS 25 7JU so I think I am part of South Leed”s. I live in a syhared house for people with brain injury’s

    1. Hi Steven, thanks for your comment.

      I wouldn’t like to try to define where South Leeds starts and finishes, but South Leeds Life only covers the LS10 and LS11 part of it I’m afraid.

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