The Echo was established in 2014 as an independent community newspaper for the London borough of Waltham Forest. We publish monthly and distribute 12,500 free copies via cafes, pubs, community spaces, railway stations, places of worship, and many other places.
The aim of the Echo is to promote the work of local community organisations and voluntary groups, as well as provide a platform for local people to contribute and raise important issues. Through our journalism we also help to hold authority to account.
We are funded by advertising and membership; all income is spent on the continuing production of the paper. If you would like to help support us please find out more about our membership scheme or consider purchasing an advertisement for your organisation. You are also welcome to write for us about projects you are involved with, campaigns you are running, or events you are organising.
Waltham Forest Echo is published by Social Spider CIC on behalf of WFWellComm CIC, a social enterprise formed by charities and social enterprises based in Waltham Forest. The WFWellComm management board comprises: David Floyd (Social Spider), Tom Ruxton (HEET), Helen Tredoux (Community Transport Waltham Forest). The member organisations of WFWellComm are: Community Transport Waltham Forest, Social Spider, HEET.
The members of Waltham Forest Echo are: Adam Pike, Chris Lemin, Darrel Hunneybell, David Gardiner, David Hamilton, David O’Driscoll, Dexter Coles, Graham Millington, Jean Duggleby, Melanie Strickland, Michael Grimshaw, Roland Karthaus, Renetta Neal, Graham Larkbey, Paul Schneider, Megan Lucero, Deri Jones, Scott Davies, Abigail Woodman, Pat Stannard, Lee Mitchell, Ian Cadogan, Madeleine Munday, Irena Souroup, Paul Scaife, Roy Sutton, Jon Dalladay, David Kalloo, David McDade, Community Counts UK, Esther Neslen, Bright Stars Youth FC, Saradadevii Hull-Jurkovic, Claire Weiss, George Clarke, Ben Marlow, Creative Works, Alex Dandeker, Greg Cochrane, Julie Gibson, Carmen Trachenko, Transition Leytonstone, Clem Cowton, Linda Ridgers-Waite, Cranston Watts, Rachael Castell, Hewing Wittare, Alfred Joyner, Stephanie Waterman, Martin Riches, Hugh Grant Peterkin, Alke Schmidt, Keith Segal, Daniel Stanley, Ray Love.
Waltham Forest Echo is a member of the Independent Community News Network, the UK representative body for the independent community and hyperlocal news sector. For more information go to: communityjournalism.co.uk/icnn.