Most people read news stories in print or via the internet and would consider this to be a routine day to day activity. Blind and partially sighted people may not be able to access news stories and Talking Newspapers were set up to provide access to a summary of the news.

What is the Talking News?

Most people read news stories wither in print or via the internet and would consider this to be a routine day to day activity. Blind and partially sighted people may not be able to access news stories and Talking Newspapers were set up to provide access to a summary of the news.

The first Talking Newspaper was formed in Aberystwyth in January 1970. There are now over 500 groups across the UK and more than 60,000 listeners. Talking Newspapers are provided in a recorded audio format.

Malvern Talking News

The Malvern Talking News is part of Sight Concern Worcestershire and operates as part of the charity’s services. It is run entirely by volunteers. There are seven teams who meet on a rotational basis to read and record the local newspapers.

The Malvern Talking News is a summary of the news that is published in the Malvern Gazette and Ledbury Reporter. The news recording lasts for approximately hour and a half.  

Every Friday a team of volunteers gathers to read and record the newspaper, copy it to USB memory sticks and post it to clients who have already been provided with a special payer called a ‘Boom Box’ on which to play the recording.

Boom Boxes are provided free of charge. Our local Advice and support officer or a talking news volunteer can come out and show you how to use the’ Boom Box’.

There is no charge to receive the Malvern Talking News To become a listener or get more information please contact Anne Dicks Tel: 01684 560061 or email: malverntalkingnews@sightconcern.co.uk

Or call Sight Concern Worcestershire on 01905 723245 or email: info@sightconcern.co.uk

Worcestershire Talking Newspapers

Bromsgrove and Redditch Talking Newspapers

A voluntary organisation which provides the news for blind and partially sighted people in Redditch and Bromsgrove has celebrated four decades since it began.If anyone would like to receive the Talking Newspaper in Redditch or Bromsgrove, call Margaret Mountford on 01527 451 292or email mmountford@blueyonder.co.uk

Wyre Forest Talking Newspaper

Local news by local people since 1980-The Wyre Forest Talking Newspaper Association (WFTN) is a registered charity. It’s easy to become a listener. You can do it in one of two ways: register online (www.wftn.org.uk) or simply telephone one of our listener liaison officers Christine Key or Janet Sheldon on 07581 899 977. Or email janet.sheldon@yahoo.co.uk

Pershore Talking News

Contact Nicola Templeton-Ward,21 Albert Park Rd, Malvern, WR14 1HL Pershore, Worcestershire,01684565082 or email nntw@me.com

Worcester Talking News

Bringing local news to visually impaired listeners. To receive the newspaper or magazine the contact address is, The Chairman, Colin Chance House,11 Wyld’s Lane, Worcester, WR5 1DA, or telephone 01905 767 766 Or email wtalkingnewspaper@gmail.com

Evesham Talking Newspaper

If you would like to enquire about the Evesham Talking Newspaper, or If you, or someone you know, would like to receive our recordings, please phone 01386 422812, or the Chairman Peter Wisbey on 01386 41165. Or email peterjwisbey@gmail.com

Talking Newspapers in Surrounding Counties

Black Country Talking Newspaper

(Thomas Pocklington Trust) Service News and information in audio format for those who can no longer see to read a newspaper or magazine due to visual impairment. Pocklington Resource Centre, Mary Stevens Centre, 221 Hagley Road, Stourbridge, West Midlands,DY8 2JP Telephone-01384 440 333 Or email claire.bayley@pocklington-trust.org.uk for talking newspaper enquiries.

Birmingham Talking Newspaper

A registered charity providing a free service of local news, entertainment and information for blind and partially sighted people living in and around Birmingham and Sutton Coldfield. New Listeners Referrals

Lizzy Hunting email info@btna.org.uk, Postal address, 25 Raddlebarn Farm Drive, Selly Oak, Birmingham,B29 6UN

The Talking News Federation

The Talking News Federation is an umbrella organisation that represents the interests of local Talking Newspapers in the UK

They can help you find your local Talking News wherever you live in the UK.

Call: 01793 497 555

Emailenquiries@tnf.org.uk

Website: http://www.tnf.org.uk/local-tn.aspx

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