We make audio recordings of local news items and other matters of interest for those who are blind or sight impaired and who live in our area.
All the members of the organisation are volunteers and we currently have the following teams:
Monthly Magazine: records one Wednesday morning each month, 10.00 am start
2 x Rayleigh & Rochford teams
One team every 14 days on Wednesday evenings, 7.30 pm start
2 x Castle Point teams
One team every 14 days on Tuesday evenings, 7.30 pm start
1 x Copying team: Every 14 days on Thursday mornings, 10 am start
Each of the recording teams is run by an Editor who chooses and prepares articles and news items from the local newspapers. As well as new items, we may include sports reports, book reviews, radio reviews, jokes, recipes, gardening tips, details of coach trips etc.
Four or five volunteers read the items under the direction of the Editor. Engineers work their magic, edit out any mistakes (or, sometimes, too much laughter) and produce a master edition. This is then loaded onto a master USB memory stick.
We have two copying machines capable of duplicating 11 sticks at once - so 22 sticks can be duplicated in a couple of minutes. They are then inserted into FREEPOST ‘Articles for the Blind’ yellow plastic wallets. These wallets contain return address labels and, once the listener has finished with the memory stick, it can be returned to us in the wallet. We have a barcoding system that enables us to keep track of our mailings.
We also supply players (specially designed for those with sight problems) on loan to those people who do not have their own.
We have our own rented studio at St Luke’s Place, Rochford and it is here that we make our recordings and copy the USB memory sticks. Technology is moving fast but we are, at the moment, keeping pace with it!
The Rayleigh Rochford & Castlepoint Talking Newspaper For The Blind
11 Arnolds Way
Phone: 01702 541410