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Grantham Talking Newspaper reduces its weekly service

A talking newspaper for local blind and visually impaired people has reduced its weekly service to fortnightly due to a lack of volunteers.

The Grantham Talking Newspaper (TN) has been supplying local news, items of interest and special information for the visually impaired since it was launched in 1982.

But a recent fall in volunteers has meant that it has had to change its weekly service to fortnightly.

A spokesman for the Talking Newspaper said: “Like many other charities and organisations, we have suffered a fall in the number of new volunteers able to carry out recording and organisational duties.

“The committee met and very reluctantly decided it would be necessary to move to a fortnightly CD containing news and including our magazine as usual.

“By doing this we will be assured of having enough people to safely continue our service and maintain our high quality standards of content.”

The Grantham Talking Newspaper was set up in 1982 comprising of a mixture of volunteers, including a number of blind and partially-sighted people, drawn from various organisations with an interest in improving services for the visually impaired.

They were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in the Community in 2005 and bought their own premises on Wharf Road two years later, where they remain today.

The spokesman added: “We are finding it difficult as never before to attract newly retired people to join us. It seems that retired people all seem busier now than at any other time in their lives.

“Our dedicated volunteers will put their heart and soul into making a great success of the new fortnightly CD and this move will give us greater stability and safeguard the continued production of the TN into the foreseeable future.

“It will continue to be a free of charge service and our listeners can be assured that this is definitely not the start of a slippery slope. We intend to be around for a long time to come.”

The Talking Newspaper is actively looking to recruit new volunteers with recording and administration experience. If interested, call 07504 651840 on a Friday morning.


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