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Talking Newspaper
Talking Newspaper
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Your local Talking Newspaper (SADTN) helps to keep visually impaired residents in touch with what is happening in Harpenden, St Albans and the surrounding villages.


Each week, we send our audio programme (or Talking Newspaper) to almost 100 local listeners, aged between 45 and 99.  Every new listener tells us that they did not know about our free service!  So we depend on recommendation by current listeners, word-of-mouth and reference by professionals such as care homes, GP practices, opticians, clinics, health visitors, chiropodists and others, as well as on our own efforts to publicise our free-to-user service.


Our weekly programmes around two hours long but with the option of jumping over any item - include news stories and readers letters from the Herts Advertiser, St Albans Times, and articles from other local and national sources  by permission of the publishers as well as interviews with local celebrities, information relevant to the visually impaired, previews of local music and entertainment (amateur and professional), audio book discussions, whats coming up on national radio, which of this weeks TV programmes provide the audio assist facility, the  London and New York Beyond Sight series and a range of content from other TNs across the UK.


Delivered free by Royal Mail as Articles for the Blind, our programmes reach our listeners on a USB stick which they listen to through an easy-to-use player (provided by SADTN) or through their own computer or other device.  Volunteer readers record the news programmes and articles; other volunteers handle the recording, production, copying, distribution and management.


Our weekly programmes - as well as archives of interviews, discussions, poems and other items - can be heard on the  Listen Online page on our website (www.sadtn.org.uk), on the Talking Newspaper App and on Alexa.  We also help Herts Vision Loss by recording its regular magazines for visually impaired members.


As a registered charity active since 1974 and run entirely by volunteers, SADTN uses gifts, donations and bequests to fund its operation and enable new listeners to be added each year.  Our website explains how new listeners can sign up for our weekly programmes and how new volunteers can offer to help.  We have welcomed students aiming for their Duke of Edinburgh Award to work with us on special projects, and were honoured to receive The Queens Award for Voluntary Service and The St Albans City & District Mayors Special Recognition Award in 2019 and the Lord Lieutenants Heroes of Hertfordshire Award in 2020 as recognition that we continued to produce our programmes each week throughout the Covid pandemic lock downs.

Registered Charity No.268838

Volunteers Required
Contact Details

Contact:   info@sadtn.org.uk

Website:  www.sadtn.org.uk