Volunteers sought for talking newspaper

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Angus Talking Newspaper Association, which provides audio versions of local Angus newspapers, is seeking extra volunteers.

The association, which is a charity organisation that runs solely by their volunteers, produce CDs containing excerpts from local newspapers.

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, completely free of charge, to blind and visually impaired people in each of the burgh areas.

In August last year, following the retirement of the two stalwarts who had maintained the service for years, the Association put out an appeal for volunteers to help with the duplication and distribution process in Brechin. Whilst they found volunteers, more are needed.

A spokesman for the association explained: “This appeal was partially successful and we now have a core team of volunteers who turn up every month to duplicate and package the CDs.

“However there is a need for backup to cover contingencies such as sickness and holidays.”

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

The process of producing the CDs isn’t very complicated. The spokesman added: ““Technically the process is very simple and takes only an hour to an hour and a half on one Friday in each month. Obviously anyone volunteering as backup would be called upon only occasionally, but there would be scope for anyone wanting more regular involvement, for example as part of a rota system.”

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 Chair, Ian Scott, on 01575 575912.