15-year milestone for Ellon Talking Newspaper group

Elizabeth Cameron, left, Jonelle Scotland, and  Ellon Talking Newspaper committee members Dorothy Edward and Patrick Edward
Elizabeth Cameron, left, Jonelle Scotland, and Ellon Talking Newspaper committee members Dorothy Edward and Patrick Edward

Three members of the committee of Ellon Talking Newspaper attended the recent annual meeting of the Association of Scottish Talking Newspapers in Falkirk.

The organisation in Ellon was set up 15 years ago to provide a service for blind or partially sighted people in the town and surrounding area.

The chairperson is Elizabeth Cameron and at the meeting, she accepted a 15-year certificate on behalf of all the volunteers on the Ellon Talking Newspaper.

The certificate was presented by Jonelle Scotland, chair of the Association of Scottish Talking Newspapers.

Every Thursday night, a team of volunteers reads articles from the Ellon Times and these are recorded on to USB sticks which are sent out to 20 different people who would otherwise have difficulty in accessing the written word.

Each of the recipients has been given a gadget (called a boom box) which accepts the USB stick and all the equipment is designed so that by touch a visually impaired person can use it.

Each week, the recipients return the USB stick in a special pouch.

This service is provided free by Royal Mail.

The equipment is all new and up to date as the team has recently replaced the tapes originally used with the latest digital equipment.

If you know of anyone who could benefit from this service, can you let members of the Talking Newspaper group know through the Ellon Times or at Ellon Library.