About Us

The Grantham and District Talking Newspaper provides a weekly CD of local news to the blind and sight-impaired people in the areas around Grantham. All of the work is carried out by volunteers. It is a registered charity, and has a board of trustees to govern it.

Our History 

The origins of the Grantham Talking Newspaper go back to 1982 when a group of people got together and set about turning a need into a reality. The group comprised a mixture of volunteers, including a number of blind and partially-sighted people, drawn from various organizations with an interest in improving services for the visually impaired.

It took 14 months to raise sufficient money to buy the very expensive high-tech equipment needed for a Talking Newspaper. The first Tape was sent to 75 listeners in December 1983. It lasted 60 minutes and was produced once a fortnight in those days. The tape was soon expanded to 90 minutes and sent weekly,

The number receiving the Grantham Talking Newspaper has exceeded 200 but in mid-2010 stood at around 160. We have never failed to produce an edition and meet the weekly deadline.

In order to secure our long-term future, we took an enormous step in 1997 and bought our own premises. Appropriately the shop was once Halls, the Opticians.

In 2005 we were awarded The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service in the Community. Since 2007 we have also offered the Newspaper on CD in addition to tape. From mid-2015 only the CD version will be produced.