How much does your service cost ?
Our service is completely free if you have a visual impairment and/or unable to read the newspaper. Postage is free, so there is no delivery or return charge.
Can the recordings be sent to me if I have a non visual disability ?
Yes, although if the free postage concession is not applicable to you, we may have to ask you to pay the postage costs.
Can I ask for a sample recording before receiving recordings on a regular basis ?
Yes. Get in contact with us and we will arrange delivery.
Do you supply any other services for the visually impaired ?
We supply the Talking Newspaper and Spotlight for Essex Blind Charity six times a year to listeners who request them. We have links to various other useful organisations on the Links page. Details of the availability of such recordings are given in our newspaper recordings.
How are the recordings delivered ?
The recordings are contained in a padded wallet with Velcro fastener. Each has a pocket to hold a slip-in reversible address label with the address of the recipient and our return address. After listening simply turn over the label and re-insert it into the pocket then pop into a convenient post box for return to Talking Newspaper for re-use. No stamp is needed.
Are any recordings produced in different languages ?
Our recordings are only produced in English at present. Different language recordings are available from some other national and local organisations and further information may be found under our 'Links' heading, primarily through the Talking News Federation and National Talking Newspapers and Magazines.
Can I get recordings if I live outside the Chelmsford district ?
Yes. You can listen online or download from this site OR Please contact us with your details. Don't forget there may also be other Talking Newspaper groups within your area.
What happens if I am unable to return the recording one week ?
Every listener is allocated 3 wallets. We will send out the following week's newspaper. If you are unable to return recordings within 3 weeks please try and let us know.
Can I get involved as a volunteer ?
Yes you can. We have Readers, Recording Technicians, and an administrative Despatch Team. Visit the 'About Us' page on this website and this has a section entitled 'How To Volunteer'.
Recording Technician required - November 2017 - Contact us for details and further information
Yes. We are a registered charity and are always grateful for support and donations. For further information please get in contact with us.
What recording media is available?
We record to an mp3 memory stick; cassette tape; listen on this web site; via Wireless for the Blind; via Chelmsford Community Radio on the web and 104.4FM radio on Sunday evening.