Saturday, 19 June 2021

Talking newspaper in appeal for volunteers

MORE volunteers are needed to help run the Henley Talking Newspaper.

MORE volunteers are needed to help run the Henley Talking Newspaper.

The organisation provides free weekly audio recordings of the Henley Standard for visually impaired people.

One of the group’s five controllers is moving from the area and a volunteer is needed to replace her.

The job involves collecting returned memory sticks from The Henley College and specially prepared pages of the newspaper from the Standard’s offices on Thursdays.

The controller then records four readers in the Maurice Tate room at Townlands Hospital before sending off the memory sticks using freepost plastic envelopes.

About 70 people currently use the service, including some former Henley residents who like to keep up to date with the latest news in the town.

Richard Hodgkin, who chairs the organisation, said: “I find it an extremely rewarding thing to do because when people start to go blind or they go blind completely they can feel out of touch with what is happening in the town. Hearing four different voices every week is very comforting and it’s nice for them to be able to keep up to date.”

Full training will be provided for the new volunteer.

Mr Hodgkin said: “It would help to have a bit of knowledge about using a laptop but it’s not necessary because the technical knowledge is minimal. The program we use for the recordings is very easy to use. We wouldn’t let them loose on their own and it’s not difficult when you get into the rhythm of it. It’s a good laugh.”

The group is also looking for new listeners. Players are provided for people who use the service.

For more information, call Mr Hodgkin on (01491) 573192 or visit www.henleytalking

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