Call for Volunteer Newspaper Readers

Warragamba Panorama

Call for Volunteer Newspaper Readers

Posted on: 07.12.2017

Wollondilly Shire Council is looking for new volunteers to read for its Talking Newspaper service in 2018.

Council has been providing the Wollondilly Advertiser as a Talking Newspaper since 2007 for people who are blind, have a visual impairment or print disability. The service has only been made possible by a dedicated group of volunteers.

New volunteers would be required to collect the Wollondilly Advertiser and the digital recorder provided by Council to read aloud and record any articles of interest and announcements from the newspaper.

The digital recorder is then returned to Council staff and the voice files transferred to a disc, to be posted to residents and services who live or operate in the Wollondilly Shire.

Volunteers rotate through a roster and are required to read every 4-6 weeks.

Mayor Judith Hannan said: “The Talking Newspaper is an important service to ensure that our whole community has access to information on news and activities in our local area.”

“Volunteers in our local community contribute significantly to our local economy. We currently have approximately 400 people volunteering with Council and we appreciate their contributions enormously.”

The weekly CD is available to residents not only with a visual impairment but also those with a print disability. This may include visual loss or blindness, physical or dexterity problems such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease, learning disability such as dyslexia, brain injury or cognitive impairment, literacy difficulties or dementia. Proof of impairment is not required.

If you would like further information on volunteering for this great service or if you, or someone you know would like to subscribe to this free service, contact Vickie at Wollondilly Shire Council on 02 4677 9550 or email