Lend your voice to Wollondilly’s Talking Newspaper service

Have you spent hours practising your best ‘newsreader’ voice?

If so, Wollondilly Council wants you.

The council is once again seeking volunteers to lend their voices to the Talking Newspapers service in 2018.

The council has provided the Wollondilly Advertiser as a talking newspaper for the past decade, so the shire’s residents who struggle to read the newspaper due to disabilities and impairments can still keep up to date with the news.

Mayor Judith Hannan said the Talking Newspaper was a vital community resource.

“The Talking Newspaper is an important service to ensure that our whole community has access to information on news and activities in our local area,” she said.

“Volunteers in our local community contribute significantly to our local economy.

“We currently have approximately 400 people volunteering with the council and we appreciate their contributions enormously.”

New volunteers would be required to collect the paper and a digital recorder provided by the council to read aloud and record any articles of interest and announcements from the newspaper.

The recorder is then returned to council staff and the voice files transferred to a disc, to be posted to residents and services who live and operate in the shire.

Volunteers will work on a rotating roster and a required to read every four-six weeks.

The weekly CD is available to residents not only with a visual impairment but also those with a print disability. This may include visual loss or blindness, physical or dexterity problems such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, learning disability such as dyslexia, brain injury or cognitive impairment, literacy difficulties or dementia.

Proof of impairment is not required.

If you would like further information on volunteering for this great service or if you, or someone you know would like to subscribe to this free service, contact Vickie at Wollondilly Shire Council on 02 4677 9550 or email Vickie.tierney@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au