Your skills could make the difference
Could you help Chatterbox provide its service that entertains and informs blind people around Norwich?
Chatterbox, the Norwichbased talking newspaper, has been recording news and information for blind and visually impaired listeners every week for almost 40 years, using stories from the Norwich Evening News. The volunteers also record the Let’s Talk magazine each month and our sister county magazine, EDP Norfolk.
There are four production teams, each with an editor/team leader. One of these team leaders will retire shortly, so Chatterbox is looking for a replacement.
Each volunteer team leader is responsible for editing and coordinating production on a Thursday once every four weeks. No previous experience is required but reasonable computing skills are necessary. All the appropriate training and support will be provided.
David Potten, one of the current team leaders, says: “This is a hugely rewarding voluntary role. Every four weeks you work with a wonderful team of volunteers and know that the 500 listeners will be delighted to receive their recordings two days later.” Some team leaders are present throughout the recording process, from about midday to 8pm every fourth Thursday. However, in some cases a deputy can be found, who will take over at about 5pm. The Chatterbox recording studio is at 240, King Street, Norwich, and parking is available.
Anyone interested should contact the Chatterbox volunteers officer by email at [email protected]look.com or through the Chatterbox office. Messages can be left at con[email protected] cbtn.org.uk or on 01603 765365. A job description will be sent to anyone interested, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the studio on a Thursday to see the production process.
Chatterbox’s volunteers put together a recording of highlights from the Norwich Evening News every week, and have now produced more than 2010 editions. As well as recording Let’s Talk and EDP Norfolk magazines, they produce their own Chataround magazine programme which is distributed by several talking newspapers and broadcast by Future Radio and on the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital radio.
The recordings go to about 500 blind and visually impaired listeners, mainly in the Norwich area. Mike Blythe, a blind listener and convenor for the Chatterbox Listeners’ panel, says: For hundreds of blind people Chatterbox is a lifeline to the outside world. They look forward every week to the arrival of their recording and the chance to listen to an hour or two of news and entertainment. They say it is as if a group of friends comes by every week to talk to them.”
If you know someone who would like to receive the Chatterbox Let’s Talk recording each month, free of charge, please call 01603 765365.
Here’s part of the group of volunteers who record Let’s Talk each month (from left) Alison Aplin, Tim Edwards, David Potton, Angi Kennedy, Neil Haverson, Anthony Stimpson and Dorothy Sneesby.
Chatterbox sound recordist Tim Edwards in action at the studio in Norwich.
Could you join the team at Chatterbox, the Norwich talking newspaper?