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'Talking' charity in bid to extend work

A LONG-running charity, which offers audio-tapes of Solihull’s newspapers, is looking for more listeners.

A LONG-running charity, which offers audio-tapes of Solihull’s newspapers, is looking for more listeners.

For over 30 years, the Solihull Borough Talking Newspaper Association has been providing tapes to blind and partially sighted residents.

It still sends out 200 cassettes, recorded by volunteers, to current and former Silhillians - some tapes are sent to other parts of the country.

But the charity has lost around 100 listeners in recent years and thinks there are many people in Solihull who could make use of the service, but don’t know that it’s there.

Volunteer Mike Bryant said: “We believe there are around 500 blind people and 400 partially sighted in Solihull and the majority of those are elderly.

“We think there are lots of people who would like to catch up with local news and what’s going on, but many don’t seem to know we exist.”

A team of readers begins to record Solihull’s weekly titles on Friday night and copies are made over the weekend. By Monday morning, the cassettes are ready to be delivered.

Many towns and cities have a talking newspaper charity, with Solihull’s set up in 1977.

If you’d like to know more about the free service, call Mike on 01675 442476 or Roger Starling on 0121 705 5111.

 

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