Angus Talking Newspaper Association appeals for new volunteers

Pictured are George and Geoffrey who are retiring.

Pictured are George and Geoffrey who are retiring.

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A local charity organisation run solely by volunteers is appealing to Brechin and Edzell residents to volunteer to help the group continue to operate.

Angus Talking Newspaper Association produce audio versions of local Angus newspapers and has been in operation for over 30 years.

Every month volunteers meet in each of the Angus burghs and produce a CD containing excerpts from the local newspaper.

These master CDs are sent to the Damacre Centre in Brechin where they are duplicated and posted out to blind and visually impaired people in each of the burgh areas.

Two long serving volunteers, George Hutcheon and Geoffrey Rose, are retiring. The duo have, for many years, carried out the duplication and distribution of the CDs and the Association are urgently appealing for locals to take over their roles.

A spokesperson for Angus Talking Newspaper explains: “The Association desperately needs to find two replacements to carry on the excellent work these two have done so efficiently over the years.

“The duplication machines and distribution materials are currently kept in the Damacre Centre, so any volunteers would ideally live in Brechin or within reasonable travelling distance.

“The commitment required is not too onerous – about two hours once a month.

“The only other requirement would be that at least one of the volunteers attends the meetings held once every three months by the Committee which manages and coordinates the Association’s activities. Both of them would be ex officio members of this committee.”

Further information about the Association and its activities can be found on the Association’s web site, www.angustalkingnews.co.uk, and anyone interested in helping with this valuable and worthwhile service can contact the Association’s chair, Ian Scott, on 01575 575912.