One of the many online Zoom meetings to have taken place recently was for our News and Views group, which works together to produce this magazine.
People First was first published in 2009 and this is the 36th issue of the magazine to be distributed to residents. It is currently published twice a year, although an extra edition of the magazine was produced during lockdown in order to share important updates.
PFH’s marketing and communications provider produces the magazine in terms of writing articles, designing the layout of the magazine and taking the photographs, but the input from residents is vital.
Kelly Taylor, from Mercury, attends the News and Views meetings with residents. She said: “Without the residents’ input into People First magazine, it simply wouldn’t be such an interesting read.
“Those residents who attend the News and Views meetings share their ideas and pass on any news that could make an interesting read – they are our ‘roving reporters’ who bring back story ideas.
“Residents do not need to have any writing experience, as we do the interviews and story writing. We usually meet face to face at one of the PFH schemes and have a cup of tea whilst chatting through the stories. During lockdown, the most recent meeting was held online via a Zoom call but it was very well attended and we are so grateful to everyone for continuing to get involved with this important work.”
Residents wishing to attend currently need access to either a computer or mobile device so they can join the call from the comfort of their own homes. PFH will offer guidance on how to join Zoom and residents can contribute as much or as little as they like during the meeting.
If you would like to try a News and Views meeting to find out what it’s like, call (01482) 223783.