This page describes how you can become a volunteer member of the TN
If you are interested in the work we do and would like to become a member, the easiest way is to contact the secretary, Kathy Wade at kathy@VR-talkingnews.com or 07972754865. We will invite you to visit us to see what we do in more detail.
As well as reading on the recordings (and don't worry if you are not a Richard Burton sound-alike, as long as you are clear and don't read too fast, you are fine for us), there are several other jobs for volunteers to do:
Editors: Pick out and arrange items from the Guardian for the teams to read every week. As we can't include all of the paper, it is important that there is an interesting balance of articles and also a variety of voices doing the reading.
Recordists: Do the actual recording of the reading. It is important that the sound is balanced and the volume is consistent so that it is enjoyable listening.
Equipment: Our equipment needs to be maintained, repaired and problems sorted as quickly as possible so each week's recording goes as smoothly as possible.
Wallet Sorters: It is very important that the returned wallets are logged so we know if someone is not returning recordings. It is also very important that each memory stick is wiped ready for the next recording and that the address labels are turned round ready for dispatch.
Copiers: After the weekly recording is made, it has to be copied onto all the memory sticks using high speed USB copiers. The sports recording also has to be incorporated and any other additional items of news have to be included. The memory sticks then have to be placed in the wallets and taken to the post office.
Contacts: When we receive a new request for the talking newspaper, the details are passed to one of our contacts who look after listeners in different parts of Vale Royal. This contact will then get in touch, introduce the new listener to the talking newspaper and, if necessary, supply and train in the use of a 'Boom-Box' player.