Alnwick Lions have been producing their Talking Newspaper since 1981.
Alnwick Lions fund the newspaper and it is a free service to the users. A selection of news from the Northumberland Gazette and other local news is recorded onto USB memory sticks every fortnight. The sticks are posted out to blind or visually impaired residents in Alnwick District but have had customers well outside the district too.
They want to encourage more people to get in touch to receive a copy, and would also like more volunteers to help.
The Talking Newspaper goes out fortnightly on Thursdays and contains a selection of the local news mainly as reported in the Northumberland Gazette. They try to present local content but sometimes also include information from county and national magazines for the visually impaired as well as other other items from time to time.
A team of volunteers make the recordings, working to a rota system at Weavers Court in Alnwick. There are various areas of responsibilities such as production, reading and recording within the team to produce the master copy. It’s interesting work for volunteers and more would be very welcome.
Then they post out the recorded memory sticks, using standard “visually impaired pouches” with a reversible address label on each to enable their return to the team. The return address is a Post Office Box number. There are no postal costs to the clients.
At the moment they have around 30 clients and would like to offer the service more widely, so that more people can benefit. There are plenty of USB players available to be issued on loan to new users.
For further details and an application form or more information regarding Alnwick Lions Talking Newspaper please phone the number below or email.
01665 603729 Richard Hall
There are more talking newspaper schemes listed in the Golden Guide Northumberland, 2017 page 17 and in the Golden Guide Newcastle & North Tyneside, 2017, page 18.