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Stourbridge-based talking newspaper launches Punjabi version
1:04pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A STOURBRIDGE- based talking newspaper for blind people has launched a Punjabi version due to public demand.
For more than 30 years volunteers have produced the Black Country Talking Newspaper and Magazine - mailing out around 1,000 CDs each month offering a lifeline to people across the borough.
And now a specialist team is producing a new version of the newspaper in Punjabi with Kuldip Kainth from Dudley Council’s equality and diversity department, sourcing content.
Talking newspaper co-ordinator Claire Bayley, of the Thomas Pocklington Trust, said a Punjabi version had been in the pipeline for some time.
She said: “The talking newspaper is a much-loved service amongst those who receive it, and for some time we have produced an Arabic Talking Newspaper.
“It’s become very obvious there is significant demand for the Punjabi version, and we’re really proud to have got this off the ground and running.
“The talking newspaper is often the link to the outside world for people who are blind or sight-limited.
“We try to provide genuinely useful content which, more often than not, people cannot receive from elsewhere.”
All the talking newspapers are produced under Claire’s direction.
The Thomas Pocklington Trust, a charity with a resource centre based at the Mary Stevens Centre, in Stourbridge, aims to improve the quality of life of people with sight loss.
The venture is part-funded by Dudley Council and is boosted by donations sent in by listeners and through fundraising. Recordings are pulled together in a state-of-the-art digital studio and typically cover news, sport, dedications, quizzes and recipes amongst a host of other content.
Volunteers record content, which is then transferred onto CD and posted to subscribers throughout the borough.
The talking newspaper CDs are free to borough residents.
To receive a copy call Claire Bayley on 01384 889884 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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