Breckland’s talking newspaper Link-Up hopes to attract more listeners and volunteers

The Link-Up team with Mayor of Thetford Denis Crawford. Picture: Graham Wade

The Link-Up team with Mayor of Thetford Denis Crawford. Picture: Graham Wade - Credit: Archant

For more than 30 years Link-Up has provided a talking newspaper to those with sight problems across Breckland.

Recording the local news for Link-Up listeners. Picture: Graham Wade

Recording the local news for Link-Up listeners. Picture: Graham Wade - Credit: Archant

Currently a group of between 25 to 30 volunteers record local news, messages and useful information onto a memory stick which is then delivered to currently 85 listeners - the memory sticks are played through a speaker machine.

But volunteer Sharon Nash said there are still a lot of people who are not aware of the free service.

She said: “I think local news is so important. If you are blind of partially sighted, how do you know what is going on around you?

“It is news which is going on in the local community.”


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As well as news, messages, birthday greetings and useful information, including the time of the sunset, are also recorded.

Denis Crawford, Thetford mayor, is a patron of Link-Up and recently visited the team at Thetford Grammar School to see them put an edition together.

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A charity which does not receive regular funding, it relies on volunteers to get out there and find the money to run the service.

The team includes script collators, editors, readers, producers and support staff.

The talking newspaper is always looking for more listeners and volunteers, for more information call 01842 755131.

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