It’s many years since I was a volunteer reader for the Southampton Area Talking Echo, but am astonished how, when I’m out and about for BBC Radio Solent, people still come and chat to me about how grateful they were for my contribution. It’s very humbling to realise what an important resource SATE is to the local community. Whatever your involvement, whether as a volunteer or as some-one who listens to, and enjoys the output, it’s a very special relationship and I hope that it is able to continue for many years to come.
It’s a lot of hard work for those involved in the output and if you can support the amazing team of volunteers in anyway, please do!
We have about 70 volunteers who donate their time to become editors, sound engineers, readers, copiers and dispatchers. We can offer our totally free service because we raise funds by producing recordings for other organisations, have an annual flag day and receive donations.
We are a member of the Talking News Federation which provides support and guidance to at least 500 Talking Newspapers throughout the UK.
Our Aim … to provide a varied selection of local news to those living with sight loss. In doing so, we enable access to information about the local community, reduce the feeling of isolation and provide links to other support organisations.