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Life Publications joins Talking Newspaper initiative

North Cornwall & District Talking Newspaper is made up of a fantastic band of volunteers who provide recordings of newspaper and magazine articles to send to the blind or partially sighted.

That’s why we are so delighted to be joining their collection of local news companies, with our articles being recorded for those who are unable to read a physical copy of Launceston or Bodmin Life.

Living with impaired sight or physical disability can leave some people feeling out of touch with the world around them. The Talking Newspaper, which is free of charge and run solely by volunteers, can help restore independence by keeping people informed on local news and events.

Articles and news items are read and recorded onto a USB stick every week and sent to listeners across North Cornwall and the rest of the UK to use on a computer, digital player or MP3 device. Once the individual has finished listening to the recordings, they simply pop it back in the post so the USB stick can be used again.

Sarah Horne, secretary for North Cornwall Talking Newspapers said: "The volunteer team at Talking News are delighted to be working in partnership with Bodmin and Launceston Life magazine to bring their articles to their partially sighted and blind subscribers. Subscription is FREE - simply get in touch with us by email or phone (details on the website) and our friendly committed team will send you a USB recorded with weekly local news via Royal Mail. Simply return it via freepost and we will re-record with the next week's news."

Ellie Mason, director of Launceston and Bodmin Life magazines, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be collaborating with North Cornwall Talking Newspapers. This is a truly wonderful initiative and will make such a difference to people’s lives. To know that our magazines will be accessible to individuals who are blind or partially sighted is one step further to combating social isolation.”

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