Who are we?
Sudbury Newstalk is a member of the Talking Newspaper Federation and was launched in November 1981. In common with many other audio newspapers and magazines throughout the country, we provide a service for the visually impaired by recording local news, views, information and entertaining listening on a regular basis.
Currently there are about 86 recipients of our recordings living in and around Sudbury, including listeners in local residential accommodation.
We operate from a recording studio in the heart of Sudbury, Suffolk, and work closely with St Edmundsbury Newstalk who both copy our master recordings and distribute them on our behalf.
 
Who is eligible to receive our FREE service?
Those who are registered blind, visually impaired or physically disabled and find reading particularly difficult. We are happy to provide recordings and play-back home equipment to those living outside the locality, but who still wish to keep in touch with Sudbury news; there is no charge for either.
 
How are we funded?
Sudbury Newstalk is a registered charity (No. 284646) run entirely by volunteers. Our management committee is legally bound by written constitution and overseen by Trustees; it also includes two visually impaired members. We receive no direct financial support but rely on donations from well-wishers and the efforts of our own fund-raising activities to meet replacement equipment costs and administrative expenditure.
Can I help?
You certainly can. We are always pleased to welcome new members to our recording team of about 48 volunteers; we encourage anyone who can comfortably spare just a few hours a year to help us maintain this valuable service.
 
Our recording sessions are on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening, starting at 7:30pm and usually completed by approximately 9:00pm. We are on the look out for new readers for our bi-weekly rota on Newspaper output. We also require news editors, fund-raisers and recording technicians; do you have computer skills?
 
X-Factor broadcaster?
You may consider writing and recording your own material for inclusion in our bi-monthly Magazine. A distinctive voice or accent is always an extra interesting asset. Maybe you have never recorded your voice at all, but this doesn't really matter - who knows, you may well be an absolute natural broadcaster just waiting for your chance to have a go! We are constantly surprised by the hidden literary and speaking talents of our volunteers. Our studio times together are always great fun as there is such a friendly collection of people from all walks of life.
 
Know someone with failing eyesight?
If you know a friend, neighbour or family member living in the Sudbury area who is blind or has failing eyesight, do not be afraid to ask them if they receive any talking newspapers, magazines or books. You may well help to open a new world of communication for them.

Donations :     Please send a cheque payable to "Sudbury Newstalk for the Blind" ... to
 
Jane Chambers, 7 Cann Close, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 1YA.     Thank you!

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