What is Trowbridge Talking News all about?
Trowbridge Talking News is a fantastic service that which helps strengthen the connection to the community for blind and visually impaired people in our area. It’s one of those instances where it does exactly what it says on the can . . . Talking news is just that!
Every week, one of their team of volunteers produces audio recordings of articles from the Wiltshire Times to ensure that everyone knows what’s going on in their town.
This free service benefits over 70 people in the area and is completely run by volunteers.
How can I help?
TTN are currently looking for additional volunteers to help them continue their great work. It doesn’t require money or anything fancy: they are simply asking for a few hours of your time to read the newspaper aloud to help blind and visually impaired members of our community.
How much time will I need to give?
Currently, you would need to the read the newspaper for two editions in a row, roughly every three months. Readings don’t take that long, so you can still make the most of your weekend.
How does the process work?
You are provided with everything that you need: a laptop, recording equipment and a memory stick.
- When it’s your turn, you will arrange to collect the laptop and recording equipment that you need.
- The laptop is simple to use and full instructions are provided – you are even welcome to spend some time with a more established reader to see how it all works!
- Once you have set up the recording process, you simply read the newspaper to create a master copy.
- The master copy is then passed onto another volunteer and used to create duplicates, which are then distributed to the recipients.
Readers are local residents and often know people featured in the news so they encourage readers to add an appropriate comment to help entertain the reader.
The Royal Mail assist as well, in that they very kindly distribute the Talking News for free in the area, a vital part of the process.
We’re involved too! Some of us here at Trowbridge Town Council have decided that we would also love to help out with this wonderful scheme, so we’ve volunteered as well.