Stonehaven Talking Newspaper - Can they help you?

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The Stonehaven and District Talking Newspaper is on the lookout for residents around Kincardine and Mearns that could benefit from their services.

The charity provides a weekly service for the visually impaired of an hour and a half of local news and affairs including the Mearns Leader.

The service can be supplied on a memory stick and posted to your home, a playback machine is also available. Those who are registered as visually impaired receive this service for free.

Last year the Mearns Leader and Kincardineshire Observer ran an article about the Talking Newspaper looking for volunteers in the area, which was successful.

For the last 19 years they have produced a weekly recording of the Mearns Leader, supplemented by other articles, which helps almost 40 people in the local area.

It began when two local ladies met in the street and one asked the other what she was going away to do - the answer being that she was going to read the Leader to her mother. Small beginnings but now the talking newspaper has around 50 volunteers who work on a rota.

There are editors who put the news articles into sections, family announcements, church news, sport, technicians who are responsible for recording, readers who read the articles for the recording and administrators, who sort out the wallets which the listeners return and send out the latest recording.

Contact Hazel Littlewood on 01561 361672.