Normanton & Altofts Talking Newspaper for the Blind was set up in 1978-79 by Normanton Town Council. A blind resident approached the Council saying that he regularly received the Wakefield Talking Newspaper but 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 Normanton Talking Newspaper became an independent organisation in 2014 but still receives support from the Town Council in terms of administration and accommodation. Normanton & Altofts Talking Newspaper Service is available to anybody living in the area who is blind, partially sighted or has a reading disability. It is run by a group of volunteers who meet on a Friday and read through the local newspapers informing the listeners of news and events taking place. The recordings are put onto audio cassette tapes which are then posted out to the listeners, free of charge, by the Post Office.
Normanton Talking Newspaper has now been upgraded following a fundraising appeal. The recordings are now sent out on memory stick. The new software will allow us to include much more variety with the recordings, including magazines. The memory sticks will then be delivered to the listeners by the Post Office, free of charge. The Talking Newspaper raised £4000 in around six months in order to complete this project, thanks to the generous spirit of residents and businesses in our area. Fundraising is now on-going to keep the service going for many years to come. We are always looking out for new volunteers to do the recordings each Friday, so if you would like to become a reader, or know someone who might, then please contact us. If you would like to become a listener, or know someone who could benefit from the service, also please contact us.
Normanton Town Council
The Town Hall
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