Your skills could make the dif­fer­ence

Could you help Chat­ter­box pro­vide its ser­vice that en­ter­tains and in­forms blind peo­ple around Nor­wich?

Let's Talk - - VOLUNTEERING -

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]­ or through the Chat­ter­box of­fice. Mes­sages can be left at con­[email protected] 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?

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