Talking Newspaper comes out fighting after COVID-19 restrictions

Laura White
Laura White
Andy Hutton and Caroline Mott with the talking newspaper chair, Chris Dicker

Mayor of West Devon Caroline Mott and Andy Hutton the Mayor of Tavistock, recently attended the AGM of Plymouth and West Devon Talking Newspaper, a service which provides recorded news for people with sight loss.

The Chairman, Chris Dicker, opened the meeting by explaining how difficult the last year had been due to COVID-19 restrictions, but went on to say that after the vaccine roll-out, the production and distribution of the newspaper had resumed and been very gratefully received by its customers, which was evidenced by the many cards and letters of support and thanks which had been sent to the office.

Mr Dicker explained that many of the valued volunteers had retired and the newspaper was looking for new volunteers, especially those who would be able to provide technical support.

The weekly service is free for those who have limited or no sight, and provides 40 minutes of spoken news from local newspapers, 30 minutes of feature articles, 10 minutes of topical discussion and a free monthly magazine, all delivered on a USB stick.

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