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Blind charity Sheffield Talking News is adapting to a new way of working UK News

Sheffield Talking News (STN) is a small charity founded in 1988 and run entirely by volunteers.

The charity produces audio recordings for anyone who is unable to access print, mainly those with visual impairments.

Local news, interviews on people and places of interest in the city and a magazine are transformed into audio recordings.

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During the pandemic, volunteers have been recording entirely from home and, as with other organizations, this has changed the way the service works forever, with some volunteers now preferring to record from home.

The charity said that after much planning and consultation, it had decided to start alternating weeks both in the homes of the volunteers and in a purpose-built studio in Mappin Street.

The studio was incorporated by the Sheffield Royal Society of the Blind when their building was demolished in 2007 and replaced by their new home in 2009.

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He said: “Improvements and changes in technology and editors now working only online, instead of cutting and pasting newspaper articles, have meant a lot of adaptation for volunteers.

“The charity has been fortunate to continue to recruit over the past two years and existing volunteers have adapted well to the new way of working.

In January 2021, amid the pandemic, STN launched a regular weekly newsletter which aims to update listeners on new and innovative ideas and developments for the visually impaired.

An editor selects material from websites, newsletters and other sources to present an interesting update to help improve the lives of those who listen.

Recent editions of the ‘Out and About in Sheffield’ series have been on the Norfolk Heritage Trail, passing Manor Lodge, Norfolk Park and the City Cemetery.

The most recent development has been to liaise with the national charity ‘Silver Stories’ to share readings by children from schools in Sheffield.

To listen, volunteer or donate please go to their website or phone 0114 278 0440.

You can also follow the charity on Twitter or Facebook.

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This notice was published: 2022-05-22 11:25:53

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