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Radlett, Elstree, Borehamwood and Shenley Talking Newspaper needs volunteers
A talking newspaper is in need of additional editors, controllers and copiers to help produce a weekly recording of the news for the visually impaired.
The Radlett, Elstree, Borehamwood and Shenley (REBS) Talking Newspaper held its annual general meeting in St John’s Hall, Radlett on Tuesday night.
The newspaper records every Thursday evening and sends a USB memory stick with 30 minutes of news from the Watford Observer and 30 minutes of magazine articles to 35 blind and partially sighted listeners.
The REBS Talking Newspaper chairman, David Clout, stressed the need for sighted people to make sure visually impaired relatives, friends or neighbours are aware of the talking newspaper that is sent free to listeners who also receive their own playback device called a boom box.
There are currently 60 volunteers at the organisation.
Attending this year’s AGM was the current Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Paul Morris OBE.
After congratulating the volunteers on the excellent work being done he spoke about his own experiences of his father who gradually lost his sight in later life.
Councillor Morris added that he wished his father had been able to keep up to date with local news as there was no talking newspaper in his area.
Betty Betts one listener said: "I look forward to finding the yellow envelope containing my memory stick on the door mat on a Saturday morning. One thoroughly enjoys hearing things that I can no longer read from the local newspapers.
"I am grateful to the volunteers who keep me in touch with the world by producing the weekly recordings."
For more information about either the Talking Newspaper, contact David Clout on 01923 854403.
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