Local news service talks the good talk

A FREE local news service for the blind and visually impaired has taken another leap into the 21st-century and can now reach a worldwide audience.

Thanks to the Woking Talking Newspaper (1988) Association’s Chairman, Tony Charters, the exclusively News & Mail recorded weekly service that’s sent out to listeners on a memory stick is now also available online.

BIG CHEQUE – Woking Talking Newspaper committee members Jim Cottrill, Marilyn Gillard, Charles Cooke and, far right, Treasurer Tim Harris with Leesa Bence, Lucy Harding and Luke Stovell from Waitrose

BIG CHEQUE – Woking Talking Newspaper committee members Jim Cottrill, Marilyn Gillard, Charles Cooke and, far right, Treasurer Tim Harris with Leesa Bence, Lucy Harding and Luke Stovell from Waitrose

For some listeners, the service is a lifeline – something to look forward to every week. It makes them aware of what’s going on in the community they live in and what’s happening locally. The online Audio Edition of the News & Mail enables people all over the world to keep in touch with the latest news, events and happenings in and around
Woking.

Tony said: “Our first registered online listener lives way up north near John O’Groats in Thurso in Scotland. Although registration is not compulsory – and Woking’s news is free to listen to regardless – any feedback would be most welcome, so registration would be appreciated to enable us to gauge our listeners.”

The charity continue their excellent service, which runs from the Moorcroft Community Centre in Kingfield, with the help of volunteers and donations. In fact the Waitrose Community Matters team in West Byfleet recently donated £200 to help run the worthy charity.

Tony said: “We’re extremely grateful to Waitrose for this donation, which helps us continue our good work.

“We are aware that there may be people suffering from dyslexia or are physically unable to hold or read a paper and would like to help them keep in touch.”

If you know of anyone or a group or care home who would benefit from listening to a free weekly dose of Woking news, Woking Talking Newspaper’s Audio Edition of the News & Mail is now available to listen to online at www.wokingtn.org.uk/listen.

Anyone interested in receiving the local news on a memory stick – delivered and returned free of charge by the Royal Mail Articles for the Blind Service – must be registered blind or visually impaired and are often referred by organisations such as Sight for Surrey.

GO TO www.wokingtn.org.uk or call Tony on 01483 489239 for more info.

 

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