Talking Newspaper in Search of more Backroom Volunteers

Wymondham and Attleborough Talking Newspaper is using its 17th anniversary as an opportunity to appeal for some more “backroom” volunteers.

The first edition of the weekly audio news and information service for visually impaired people was produced on Good Friday, 10 April 1998 and the milestone 900th edition will be produced later this year.

News, information and what’s on details are collected from the local newspapers and other sources, each week, by a team of compilers and then recorded onto a memory stick. This is then copied and posted to up to 50 blind or partially sighted people in and around the two towns, using the special “Articles for the Blind” concession offered by Royal Mail.

The organisers are now looking for more help to carry out some of the backroom editorial and sound recording roles. Individual volunteers are asked to offer two hours of their time, per month, to become part of a team of over 40 people, who produce the free service throughout the year.

There is also an opportunity to join the production team for an audio information magazine called Oracle, which is produced every other month.

A spokesman for W A T N said:

“Many of our volunteers have been with us for a number of years but we now need a few more helpers for these backroom roles”.

To listen to a previous edition of Oracle click here. Please contact us if you would like more information about the volunteering roles or if you know of someone who might wish to receive the Talking Newspaper.