Vision Link celebrated 40 years of the Kings Lynn Talking Newspaper with a celebration on Saturday 30th November. Many former and current volunteers attended including some of the founders from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Radio and the Lions association. Certificates for ten and twenty years of voluntary service were awarded. The Mayor of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk was a special guest.
King's Lynn Talking Newspaper Association for the Blind
Charity No 1048633
- The King's Lynn Talking Newspaper for the Blind (Vision Link) contains local news not available from other sources. It is available free to any visually impaired person. It is compiled from a local newspaper, The Lynn News, and recorded weekly by volunteers. This December we celebrate 40 years of production.
- Following the closure of the Downham Market and Hunstanton Talking Newspapers, Vision Link now covers the whole of West Norfolk to provide a Talking Newspaper and even supplies locals who have moved away as far as London and Glasgow.
- Recording uses facilities at the Norfolk and Norwich association for the Blind (NNAB) on the North Lynn industrial site. The Talking Newspaper is run entirely by volunteers and receives no funding from any statutory body.
- The News is recorded onto USB memory sticks for play back on special players. These players are given to listeners for as long as they need them. They operate on battery or mains. The USB sticks are distributed and returned in special pouches by the Royal Mail free of charge as articles for the Blind. They can then be recycled.
- We always need volunteers to keep this valuable service going. Apart from reading there are many other tasks, from preparing the script to operating the recording equipment, packing and unpacking the memory sticks and making copies. if you can spare just two hours a month please contact us.
One of the special USB players with the Usb stick inserted and the dispatch and return pouch. They are very easy to operate. The large dial is on\off and volume while on top you can pause, forward, rewind and stop just as you would with cassette tapes.