Forth Valley Talking Newspaper has made another major change to modernise and improve the service it offers listeners.
Also known as Newsline, the talking newspaper’s team of dedicated volunteers produced its 1500th audio version of The Falkirk Herald last December and has now secured £5774 from The Big Lottery’s Awards for All fund and £2725 from the Agnes Watt Trust to offer state-of-the-art computer technology to its 163 visually impaired users.
Secretary Betty Sutherland said: “Recently the decision was made to change from recording on CDs to using USB memory sticks. Listeners are now being supplied with a USB player which allows them to listen to the material produced by Newsline as well as books and magazines from other sources, such as the Royal National Institute for the Blind and Falkirk Council libraries which are also about to introduce memory sticks.
“Newline listeners can now hear their news in high-quality sound on a compact player and then return the memory sticks for re-use in the wallets provided.”
The donation of USB players to clients, at no cost to them, also allowed Newsline volunteers to meet the people they have been reading the news for each week.
Betty said: “This is the first time the volunteers have had the opportunity to meet their listeners and many found it an uplifting and delightful experience. Also the listeners have had the opportunity to meet the voices they have become familiar with on the weekly audio recordings.”
Visit www.newsline.org.uk for more information.