Dacorum Talking Newspaper

Do you have a couple of hours to spare on a Friday morning? If so, consider volunteering for the Dacorum Talking Newspaper!

The Dacorum Talking Newspaper (DTN) was founded in 1977 and provides a vital service to sight impaired people in the Dacorum area. Each week, a team of volunteers get together to record an hour programme put together from articles in this newspaper, as well as a what’s on section and an information slot geared towards the visually impaired. The recording is then copied onto memory sticks that are mailed to subscribers completely free of charge. The recording can also be listened to on the website or via phone. The Talking Newspaper is now available on Amazon Alexa as well! At its inception, the DTN had 15 listeners; there are now approximately 150!

The service, including postage, is completely free and is run entirely by volunteers. The maintenance of the equipment, such as the computer and microphones, costs approximately £1,000 per year and the charity has no permanent sponsorship so is entirely dependent on voluntary donations and grants.

The Dacorum Talking Newspaper recently moved bases from the Grovehill Community Centre to Great Sturgess Hall in Warners End. As a result of the move, the DTN unfortunately lost a number of Friday morning volunteers who were local to the Grovehill area. Consequently, they are in need of some volunteers to help out in Warners End! Friday morning volunteers are responsible for copying the recording from Thursday evening onto memory sticks and mailing them out to subscribers.

If you want to get more involved, you can also volunteer as an editor! The editors volunteer once every 5 weeks and are responsible for collating the material that makes up the recording. Recordings take place on Thursday evenings and involve 4 readers and a technician.

If you would like to learn more about the Dacorum Talking newspaper, either to subscribe or to volunteer, please call the secretary on 01442 217918 or email secretary@dtnhemel.org.uk. Alternatively, you can pop into the Volunteer Centre in Hemel town centre! We’re open Monday-Friday 10am-4pm and Saturdays 10am-2pm.