TALKING PAPER: Going digital is a huge boost

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An excellent article in the Gazette last week reported that the Alnwick Lions Talking Newspaper has gone digital, thanks to a donation from the Newcastle Building Society.

This means that our team of volunteers can now read articles from the Gazette and produce a digital recording which is very, very clear for the listener.

It is then despatched by Royal Mail to the customer free of charge.

They listen to the paper and return the USB stick to us using the same pouch as they received it in at absolutely no cost to them.

If you, or anyone you know are blind or visually impaired and would appreciate such a service, just contact me with the details and we can arrange for you to be included on our distribution list.

You do not need any equipment to listen to it because if you do not have anything that will play a USB memory stick the Lions Club will arrange a player to be supplied to you, which is much simpler to use than a tape recorder.

You do not need any technical knowledge to use it.

Also, if anyone is interested in becoming a volunteer reader, male or female, or a technician for the production of the paper, and are prepared to give about an hour of their time up every few weeks, then please get in contact on the details below.

Richard Hall,

Tel: (01665) 603729