Southend Talking Newspaper


Regd Charity No. 280590



Phone:   01702 898900




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What we do


This is what we do and how it works:


Every week we record one hour of local news taken from the Echo and other local newspapers. 

The news is recorded onto CDs or USB memory sticks which are sent out in zipped plastic wallets to people with vision impairment.


We record on Thursday evenings. The recordings are posted out on Fridays and our listeners should receive them on Saturday morning.


Every three weeks there is a second recording included. This is either our Magazine issue, another hour filled with interesting feature articles from the Essex area and beyond, or our Information Bulletin providing useful information which we hope will be both helpful and interesting for our listeners.


The postal wallet holds an address card on the front. Our address is on the back of that card. Our listeners are asked to slide the card out, turn it over and replace it behind the clear plastic 'window' and post it back to us. There is no postage to pay. The memory sticks are re-used and the CDs are taken to a recycling plant.


The Talking Newspaper is a free weekly audio recording of local news, sent out by post, for people with vision impairment.


Do you know someone who is unable to read a newspaper themselves?


Our free service, on CDs or USB memory sticks, will help them keep in touch, to know what is going on, and maintain an interest.


The News (every week) - you can listen to this week's on:


The Magazine - alternate publication every three weeks:


The Bulletin - alternate publication every three weeks:


As well as our recordings being available on the British Wireless for the Blind (BWFB) they can now be heard using Smart devices such as Amazon Alexa using an Amazon Echo, iPads, smart televisions and even on your phone  

If you would like to know how to access these, please give us a call.


NEW: If you have wifi we can now provide you with an Amazon Echo Dot. By just talking to it you can listen to us, any radio station or your favourite music, set an alarm or ask it any question.



We can supply a simple USB player, cost free if required.