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Talking newspapers - Southend Library

Mon, 12 Sep 2011

There are many Talking Newspaper organisations serving blind and partially sighted people in the UK.


The Talking News Federation (TNF) is an umbrella organisation that represents the interests of local Talking Newspapers in the UK:

  • providing information, guidance and help to local Talking Newspapers across the UK
  • helping Talking Newspapers provide a comprehensive local news service to blind and partially sighted people
  • providing people with information and contact details
  • campaigning at a National level on related issues on behalf of local Talking Newspapers

Southend Talking Newspaper

The Southend Talking Newspaper began operations in 1978, founded by the Southend Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs. It became an independent charity in 1980. Rotary and Inner Wheel members from the Southend and the Thorpe Bay clubs still take part, but as volunteers alongside many other individuals and groups.

The newspaper is records local Southend news on Thursday evening each week. Seven teams of readers take turns to produce the recording on CDs which are mailed to listeners the following day. The service is entirely free.

Rayleigh, Rochford and Castle Point Talking Newspapers for the Blind

These Talking Newspapers provide a service of local news, information and articles from the Echo and other publications, read by teams of volunteers on cassette tapes and compact discs.

They are sent, entirely free of charge, to anyone in these districts who is blind, partially sighted, or simply has difficulty in reading. There is no need to be registered blind or partially sighted.

The tapes or CDs arrive by post in padded wallets every fortnight, with FREEPOST return labels. The service can also provide tape or CD players on loan to those who do not have their own.