Support with producing newsletters

Creating a newsletter can be a really useful way of keeping members of your group regularly updated on important local issues, upcoming events and on the work of your group. But it does involve a bit of forward planning and will take a bit of time.

The Resource Centre can help groups with every step of producing a newsletter – from planning to printing.

We can offer this support to volunteer-run groups based in Brighton & Hove which are:

  • Tenants’ or Residents’ Associations for Brighton & Hove City Council tenants and leaseholders, and/or
  • Groups run by and for people living in an area of social housing, and/or
  • Groups run by and for black and minority ethnic people, and/or
  • Groups run by and for disabled people.

If you think you may be eligible, contact us to find out whether we can help.

We need quite a bit of notice to design a newsletter, so get in touch as early as possible to make sure we can meet your deadline.

Planning

If your group thinks a newsletter might be a good way to communicate regularly with your members, but you’re not sure how to go about it, contact us to talk it through. We will advise you about the work that will be involved, and the decisions you need to make before you begin.

For example:

  • What kind of information will you want to include?
  • Who will be responsible for collecting the information/articles?
  • Do you want to print your newsletter or put it online?
  • How often do you want to produce a newsletter – quarterly or bi-monthly?
  • How far in advance do you need to start planning the next issue?

Writing

If you have ideas for articles or information you want to communicate, but you’re not sure how to write it all down, we can talk through the items with you and help to write your articles.

If you have handwritten articles, but don’t have a computer, we have computers at the Resource Centre you can use, or we can type them up for you.

Designing

If you want to learn to design the newsletter yourselves, we can offer help and training with the layout and design of a newsletter on a computer. But if you’d prefer us to design your newsletter for you, we can!

Printing

We have a community print room at the Resource Centre, with a variety of printing options – from full colour laser printing, to black and white duplicator printing, which is cheaper for large volumes. We also have a folding machine, and a booklet maker which will collate, fold and staple.

If your group wants to come in and do the printing yourself, we will show you how to use the machines; but again, if you want us to do the printing, we can.

Cost of printing

Although we do not charge for any support or design work, we do charge for the costs of printing (paper and ink). Look at our price list to get a general idea, or contact us for an exact quote.

If you are a Brighton & Hove City Council Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, the council may pay us directly for the cost of your printing, so you may not have to pay anything at all.

Written information

If you would prefer to get on with your newsletter without us, or are not eligible for this support, we also have some written information to help with planning and producing newsletters.

Published November 2016