Volunteer Newspaper Reader's Wanted

Warragamba Panorama

Volunteer Newspaper Reader's Wanted

Posted on: 12.05.2017

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. This had been made possible by a fantastic and dedicated group of volunteers.

Council is looking for new volunteers to join the roster to collect the Wollondilly Advertiser and the digital recorder provided by Wollondilly Shire Council and read articles of interest and announcements from the newspaper. The digital recorder is then returned to Council and the voice files transferred to a disc to be posted to residents who live in the Wollondilly Shire.

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

“Statistics from Volunteering Australia and the 2011 census show that over 7700 people volunteered their time across the Wollondilly Shire which contributes significantly to our local economy. At Christmas I host a Volunteers Christmas Party to say thank you to our valued volunteers.”

The weekly CD is available to residents not only with a visual impairment but also extends to those with a print disability.  This can 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.

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 Emma at Wollondilly Shire Council on 02 4677 9550 or email emma-jayne.gardiner@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au