Volunteers plea to maintain service

A GROUP of Ellon volunteers are appealing for new blood to keep their service going.

The Ellon Talking Newspaper group meet weekly at the town’s library to read and record copies of the Ellon Times for the benefit of the town’s blind and partially sighted residents who would otherwise miss out on printed news.

Organiser Elizabeth Cameron said that the group’s numbers were dwindling, and that she wanted to raise awareness of the facility for those who haven’t been taking advantage of it.

“We would like to bring the Talking Newspaper to the attention of those people in Ellon who might not even be aware that there is such a service available locally,” she said. “All we really need is for people with a bit of spare time who can volunteer a couple of hours once every eight weeks as a reader or recordist.”

Eight teams of volunteers work on a rota system to read the contents of the newspaper, then send out copies of the tapes. Tapes are delivered and returned free of charge courtesy of the Post Office. This is a totally free service.

Elizabeth emphasised that the group were flexible in the hours that could be worked.

“Recording takes place on Thursday evenings in Ellon Library, and is usually completed in about two hours. There are eight volunteer teams, so it is not a huge commitment to be a volunteer, and we have a system allowing exchanges with members of other teams.

If you feel that you would like to help, or find out more about the Talking Newspaper, contact Mike Rice on 01358 721069 or Elizabeth Cameron on 01358 720130.