Newsreaders required to keep 37-year-old Moray service going

Concerns over ‘Moray Companion’ Talking Newspaper.

A MORAY SERVICE that has been serving blind and visually impaired people for over 37 years has had to cut back through a shortage of volunteers.

The Moray Companion is a ‘talking newspaper’ that, even in these days of great advances in technology, still provides an old-fashioned method of delivering the news to its clients – in particular those of advanced years.

For 37 years volunteers have distributed the service free to its blind or visually impaired clients in Moray – and still operating through recordings made on audio cassette tapes.

Chairman David Dick explained: “The recordings are done twice monthly on a Thursday evening in Elgin from 6.30pm until 9pm – but to keep this much needed service going we desperately need volunteers to either read out the articles or help on the recording desk.

“Although it’s recorded regularly, volunteers are not required to attend every session – any help individuals can offer would be welcomed.

“Due to health issues, we have a shortage of volunteers so have cut the recordings to once a month, which has greatly disappointed our service users as they rely on this so much – so we are asking people if they could please help if at all possible.”

David can be contacted on 01343 543333 or 07887 991449.