Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is a Talking Newspaper?

A. A Talking Newspaper is an audio recording of local news and features being read aloud.

Q. Who listens to Lothiansound?

A. Around 500 Listeners, a high percentage of whom are over retirement age.

Q. Why do people listen?

A. To hear local news. Blind and partially-sighted people often feel isolated and find it difficult to go out and mix with people, especially if they are elderly. They can Iisten to national and international news on the television or radio but can't read the local newspapers. Local Talking Newspapers exist to bridge the gap; to keep blind and partially-sighted people up to date with local news.

Q. Do Listeners have to be registered blind or partially sighted?

A. No, anyone who is unable to read newspaper print, is welcome.

Q. How much does it cost to be a Listener?

A. The service is entirely free of charge. The postage is free, thanks to the Post Office "Articles for the Blind" arrangement, for Listeners who are registered blind or partially sighted.

Q. How is Lothiansound funded?

A. Lothiansound depends on donations from Friends of Lothiansound and income earned by recording local authority documents, theatre programmes, rent agreements etc.

Q. Is Lothiansound a charity?

A. Yes. Scottish Charity Number SC002810.

Q. How can I become a Friend of Lothiansound?

A. If you would like to become a Friend of Lothiansound, please send your donation to:

Lothiansound Treasurer
PO Box 28130
EH16 9BD

Please see the Friends of Lothiansound page for information on Gift Aid.

Q. Who runs Lothiansound?

A. An enthusiastic and reliable band of Volunteers.

Q. How can I become a Volunteer?

A. Contact us by e-mail: info@lothiansound.org.uk or phone: 0131-661-2850.