It was a real surprise, when I spotted a post on Facebook stating the I Live in SE16 was closing. Basically saying that they have to close due to a problem faced by The Quay Point also! A lack of volunteers!
The status stated;
“We regret to announce that we have decided to close I Live in SE16 with immediate effect. This decision has not been taken lightly but after months of making efforts to find additional volunteers, we have concluded that the work is beyond the few currently involved. We will not now be publishing any further issues of our local magazine, publishing any further articles on our website or maintaining the Facebook page. Our Twitter account @SE16Hour will continue to operate.
Over the last two years we have tried to provide a source of reliable information about our community, to connect people with different experience and to encourage people to take action on the things that matter to the common good. We have published six issues of I Live in SE16 magazine, over 650 posts on iliveinse16.com, gathered more than 3,600 followers on Twitter and 1900 Likes on Facebook. We have held a Big Lunch, many MeetUps and an Arts Festival. Many people have told us how much they have appreciated the contribution we have made to local life.
Over the next three months, we aim to tie up loose ends and to close down the company. We know that others will find ways of fulfilling aspects of our mission in future and wish them the very best. The lessons from the last two years will not be lost, only recycled into new activities.
The I Live in SE16 Team”
This was also reiterated on their website:
We regret to announce that we have decided to close I Live in SE16 with immediate effect. This decision has not been taken lightly but after months of making efforts to find additional volunteers, we have concluded that the work is beyond the few currently involved.
I must admit, with the number of followers they gained both on Facebook and Twitter, one would have believed that things were going well: but one thing is clear…To run a community media website is a real struggle, no matter the number of followers on social media.
And one really does depend on people becoming a part of the production team. As it is not a one man job!
So why is it that volunteers are needed? And why can’t websites like this one and I Live in SE16 pay writers, photographers. etc…mainly because we do not get enough money coming in to pay salaries.
In short, we barely make enough to cover cost!
But despite these problems, I intend to soldier on. Keeping this website going! Even if the articles are not as regular as they should be…Hoping that more people would join in as we work towards our aim of “…getting the community talking…”from Tower Bridge to Maritime Greenwich – Loampit Vale to Old Kent Road – and everywhere nearby…
So from me till next time…
All the best,