The local talking newspaper for Reading Berkshire UK

A sight-impaired person listening to the local news on a USB player

Try imagining living life without the local newspaper! Read on...

This is what we do to help fill this gap

We give sight impaired and listeners with other disabilities the independent means of keeping in touch with what's going on in the local community.

How does the weekly Talking Newspaper help?

It enables sight impaired and listeners with other disabilities to keep in touch with the local community. For housebound listeners, the talking newspaper can provide a sense of belonging in the wider community with familiar and friendly voices in the home each week.

What is in the talking newspaper?

The first 45 minutes contains news articles from Reading in Berkshire newspapers. The articles are taken from the issues of the previous week leading up to recording day. There are usually 3-4 newsreaders plus the editor each week, providing a variety of voices for the listeners. There is another 45 minutes which contains the magazine style features covering a wide range of interests. For example, new titles added to the Reading library's audio books list and recipes plus the death notices as a number of our readers do like to check up on who they have out lived.

The Talking Newspaper is available free to anyone in the Reading area or the UK and now on the web who is connected with or interested in Reading Berkshire and is unable to read newsprint for whatever reason.

So if you are sight impaired or know someone who is please click on the link below and fill in one of the application forms, this will depend on which service you wish to receive.

How to receive this newspaper

Are you willing to help us?

As you can see we offer a vital service and are always looking for new volunteers so please click on the link below and check out the jobs we require volunteers for. If there is a job there that you would like to know more about or to help us with please fill in the application form and a committee member will contact you.

Thames Valley TV at RTN's studio

Peter one of our producers was interviewed by Thames Valley TV on the 1st December 2017 at our studio and gave a personal view of how important our service is to the sight impaired and the satisfaction it gave him to be part of this service.

Job summary and how to Become a volunteer Back to top & navigation

Postal address:

Reading's Talking News
Reading Association for the Blind (RAB)
Walford hall
Carey Street
The chairman Bob Bristow

or Telephone him on 0118 958 2056

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