Now hear this! Todmorden charity on the hunt for volunteers

The Talking Newspaper is celebrated its 25th anniversary
The Talking Newspaper is celebrated its 25th anniversary

The Talking Newspaper for Todmorden has been telling stories for 25 years, and it’s asking for your help to write its next chapter!

The talking newspaper is a free service which records news and magazine articles for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people in Todmorden.

This year it celebrates its silver anniversary, and the organisation is looking to recruit volunteer News Editors to help create its popular monthly news recordings.

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“For many of our listeners, the talking newspaper is a real lifeline,” says Talking Newspaper for Todmorden Chairman, John Taylor. “Our aim is to improve the quality of life for blind and partially sighted people, and to provide support for visually impaired people who want to stay in touch with their local community.

“We produce a monthly digest of local news, magazine articles and other information which we provide free to our listeners on a USB stick and upload to our website. We work very closely with Todmorden Society for the Blind and the Visual Impairment team at Calderdale Council to reach as many local people as possible, and the local news recording is one of our most popular sections.”

The news section is about an hour long and consists of articles taken from the Todmorden News and a variety of other local sources. The talking newspaper team is looking for two News Editors to select, edit and schedule local stories every other month.

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“We are looking for volunteers to help us decide which stories to record for our listeners,” adds John. “No experience is necessary as we will provide all training. It’s a great opportunity to play an active role in a growing community organisation who are passionate about what they do.”

For more information call John Taylor on 01706 812903 or Doug Simpson on 01706 813404, or email them at us@tntod.org.uk