We record local news and features each week for distribution via USB memory sticks to the blind in the London Borough of Redbridge. The sticks are sent and returned by free post. We are a registered charity, entirely independent and run by volunteers. The service is free to our “Listeners”, the blind and partially sighted in Redbridge.
The Redbridge Talking Newspaper format is 90 minutes made up of two parts. Part one is 45 minutes local news and part two is 45 minutes of magazine features and articles. We seek volunteers to prepare the part two magazine for each weekly edition. The role is an essential part of our weekly production. The reading teams attend on a Thursday evening, on a rota basis. There are six reading teams, each needing a News Editor.
Preparing the magazine and continuity script requires scissors, scrap paper, glue and a table surface. This work takes place at the volunteer’s home. When ready the articles and continuity script need to be taken/posted to our studio.
The part two magazine is compiled by a Features Editor.
- This requires, cutting out articles from a variety of magazines and any printed source (reimbursable), and preparing them with a continuity script ready for reading.
- Delivering/posting this to our studio (in Ilford) ready for the Thursday evening recording session.
- There are six reading teams attending on a rota basis and each needs a Features Editor.
Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications
- Minimum age: 18+
- Preparing the news requires scissors, scrap paper, glue and a table surface.
- Own a mobile or landline phone.
- Have access to Internet.
- No previous experience is necessary.
Benefits to the volunteer
- Preparing the magazine gives satisfaction in knowing that the reading team can operate smoothly at the recording session and get the edition recorded.
- Production of our editions is a satisfying exercise as it makes sure that our Listeners are able to stay in touch and as a result do not feel lonely or isolated.
- Often the Features Editor can also be a reader on a Reading team but this is not essential.
- References not available.
Support for volunteers
- Named supervisor
- Regular supervision
- Email expression of interest.
- Following a telephone discussion, applicants will be invited to our studio for an informal interview where we will explain our organisation, how we operate and the role.
- We will also address the expectations of, and from, the applicant.
- No DBS check required.
- No references necessary.