Volunteers needed at local radio station

Suella Fernandes MP, right, on air
Suella Fernandes MP, right, on air

Changes to QA Hospital drop-in hearing aid repair clinic

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HERE at Fareport Talking News, one of the things that we hold most dear to our hearts is helping out those in the local community who are in desperate need of our services.

The service that we provide – delivering news to people who are either blind, visually impaired or illiterate – has a massive impact on the local community, which cannot be understated.

We believe that there are around 500 people in the Fareham and Gosport region alone that are in need of having news delivered to them in this way – so it is important to spread the word to people that you think could use it.

We are also lucky enough to have some very special guests who have joined us on air, such as MPs Suella Fernandes and Caroline Dinenage.

Maisie Brickell, 97, from Stubbington, said: ‘Local radio is very good, but Fareport Talking News is full of news and information that is local and relevant to those of us who are blind or visually impaired and living in the Fareham and Gosport area.

‘I have been taking the free, weekly broadcasts since it began in 1994 and it is one of the highlights of my week.’

We are always on the lookout for extra volunteers; however, at the moment it is imperative that we find some additional recording technicians, to help us with our work.

This will bring our recording team back up to full capacity.

If you can use a computer, have a few hours a month to spare and you would like to be part of a very worthwhile charity and at the same time develop your digital and audio recording skills this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for. If you have experience of recording techniques, all the better, if not we can train you.

Suzie Lyczywek, one of our current recording technicians, said: ‘I love it; this is one of the best things I have done in my life.

‘It gives me a warm feeling helping to record local news, information and entertainment programmes, that our audience, who have difficulty reading the printed word, can listen to at home.’

If you know anyone in the Fareham, Locks Heath, Wickham, Portchester and Gosport areas who would benefit from receiving the free, weekly broadcasts, which are produced on memory stick, please tell them about Fareport Talking News, the newspaper you can listen to in your own home.

For more information phone our studio on 01329 664364.

Alternatively, you can visit our website talkingnews-fareport.org.uk.