The timing of the launch coincided with the MP and ward councillor’s monthly advice surgery at the library. Angela Gabriel and Hilary Benn MP had just enough time to skim through the 12 page paper before disappearing to discuss families and individuals concerns.
After the first pilot newspaper back in June, the paper version of the already popular news blog proved we do need to widen the audience of readers. It highlighted the need to reach those who do not have access to the internet. What better way than to help share local issues and positive news stories in the LS10 and LS11 areas by having a good old fashioned newspaper.
Interested residents came and chatted to Adam Ogilvie another ward councilor who was there to support the launch. The front page article has already sparked debate: ‘It is time for dogs to be banned from our parks?’ Indeed, that’s what South Leeds Life is all about, stimulating a dialogue between local people for local people. South Leeds Life will be distributing copies on Monday (1 December 2014) in libraries, community centres and schools in the LS10 and LS11 area. This will be followed by a monthly publication.
As always, we are looking for volunteers to contribute to the blog. Maybe you have a story that you would like to put forward to our ‘My South Leeds Life’. Or you are interested in becoming a community reporter? We are interested to hear from you.