Roll up to help talking newspaper

Dorset Echo: Roll up to help talking newspaper Roll up to help talking newspaper

VOLUNTEERS are needed at the South West Dorset Talking Newspaper, a free weekly for people who are blind or visually impaired.

The organisation is run by a team of very dedicated volunteers but more people are needed to help with the technical side.

It serves the Weymouth, Portland, Lyme Regis, Bridport, Dorchester, Sherborne and Blandford areas but has listeners from all over Dorset and even further afield.

Eleanor smith, of SWDTN, said: “We only have a few volunteers who have learnt to record and produce the magazine, and we need some more. “We need some people who have a knowledge of computers and would like to be trained to use the software involved. “It is very rewarding to know that you are helping in such a direct way, and of course we are a friendly team.”

She added: “If you know anyone who could help please ask them. We are worried that we will not have enough technicians to produce the paper. “It only involves a few hours, every so often, not even every week and we have a rota system for our news teams.”

Volunteers are also needed to help copy and send out the newspaper on Wednesday mornings. The studio is at the bottom of the Portland Town Council building in Fortuneswell, Portland.

Shifts would be for a couple of hours from 9am and involves collecting, sorting, and copying the magazine onto CDs and memory sticks. Training will be provided.

For more information call Dave Beeston on 01305 773893 or you can contact the team on


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