A NEWSPAPER service which caters specifically for the visually impaired is looking for volunteers to help get the service going again after a tough lockdown period.

Ayrshire Talking Newspaper lost many members and listeners throughout the pandemic but are now hoping to attract people for a variety of roles including audio engineer, reader and secretary.

Working in partnership with the Kilmarnock Blind Club, which restarts on Monday, September 20 at 1pm, the paper considers itself a “lifeline” for many.

Rikki Farquharson, Production Manager at Ayrshire Recording Services, said: “The Talking Newspaper is a vital service for the visually impaired, they say it’s a lifeline to know what news and events are local.

“It seems a struggle to find the correct volunteers, in fact we haven’t had any interest with advertising on all social media platforms. We are looking for three audio engineers to produce, edit and work with two readers. Training will be given. It’s great fun.

“We are also looking for a professional secretary to assist us in communicating with the business sector, writing letters and sending emails on our behalf. This would benefit our charity to find some funding to expand and grow our services. Another volunteer would be great if they are good at video and audio to promote videos for our YouTube channel.

“These positions would be suitable for anyone who has a few hours a week, is a student learning the trade of TV and radio or a retired person.”

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