History Of The Talking Newspaper For The Blind
The Talking Newspaper for the Blind was set up in 1978-79 by the Normanton Town Council. A blind gentleman approached the Council saying that there was a need for a Normanton edition of the Talking Newspaper. The Mayor at that time, Councillor John MacKinnon, launched a public appeal, and the rest is history.
The Talking Newspaper was originally funded by donations and fundraising by our band of volunteers but is now allocated a small budget from the Town Council on a yearly basis. Donations are still received from appreciative members of the public, and these are ring-fenced for the use of the Talking Newspaper.
Who Is Eligible?
- People who live in the Normanton Town Council area and are registered blind or partially sighted
- Have a letter from a GP or hospital consultant
- Are referred by Social Services
Requests can be made by people who have since moved out of the area but are still interested in receiving the Normanton News.
What Happens Next?
Once you register for the Talking Newspaper, your name will be added to the tour list, and one of our helpful volunteers will deliver you a special USB player. Each week, you will receive a yellow padded envelope in the post containing your memory stick of news.
Just plug it into the player and start listening. Once you have finished with the local news, you will find a selection of magazines to keep you entertained.
When you have finished listening, simply pop the memory stick back in its yellow envelope, turn around the address card on the front and pop it in the postbox. Royal Mail will return it to us free of charge.