REBS Talking Newspaper provides a weekly recording of local news and other items to blind and visually impaired people in the catchment area of Radlett, Aldenham, Letchmore Heath, Shenley and Elstree and Borehamwood. However, when a listener moves, as an example to be nearer to a relative, they can ask to continue to receive the recordings as long as the news continues to be of interest.

When a new listener is introduced to the Talking Newspaper, one of our team will visit the person to demonstrate the playback device that is provided to each listener; the box is provided free of charge to the listener and if any problem develops over time we will replace the box.

Every week a recording is made on Thursday evenings. An individual copy of the recording is sent out to the listener. This normally reaches the listener on Saturday morning.

Each recording is sent to the listener in a special yellow, padded envelope that is recognized by Royal Mail for free postage from the Talking Newspaper to the listener and for the listener to return the envelope and the recording device, a USB memory stick/flash drive, to the Talking Newspaper.

There is no cost to a listener for this service; the REBS Talking Newspaper is dependent on donations in order to fund its operation.

Obviously, the talking newspaper depends on relatives, friends and neighbours to tell a visually impaired person about this service although it is not uncommon when someone starts to lose their sight for a social worker to contact the Talking Newspaper and the Visually Impaired Club, the sister organisation.

To contact the REBS Talking Newspaper please contact either Paul Sennett on 07551725041 or by e-mail or Don Scott at 01923 856935

The operation of the Radlett, Elstree, Borehamwood and Shenley Talking Newspaper is carried out completely by volunteers. The team of volunteers includes readers, editors, controllers and copiers.

If anyone is considering becoming a volunteer, please contact David or Don as above.

If you are unable to offer time to help the organisation, please consider making a donation by clicking here.