About us

Established in Darlington in 1979 we are a local charity, (Charity number 1188452) providing a weekly audio recording of local news and magazine articles free of charge for the blind and visually impaired.

We are a member of the Talking Newspaper Federation.

Appeal

Please: we need help!

Darlington & District Talking Newspaper is a completely voluntary charity group.
£500 is needed every month to provide the DDTN charitable service free to anyone who wants to listen. To raise this money we have relied on two main sources of income which in the past were sufficient to pay the bills and balance the books.

The first has been through the generosity of listeners and their families who have appreciated the service. Many people have quietly and discretely made wonderful donations to the charity.
It is heart-warming to know that even in these times such generosity has continued.
We and our many listeners are very grateful for such kind support.

The second source of income has been through our other fund-raising events like bag-packs and attendance at town events – essentially ‘shaking the bucket’. Again, wonderfully the people of Darlington have been very generous.

Unfortunately for one and a half years now, because of the pandemic we have lost this second income source. This has happened at the same time as the generous support of The Northern Echo has been lost. The newspaper kindly allowed us free use of its premises to make our weekly recordings. With the paper closing its Crown Street offices sadly this arrangement no longer exists.

Although we have managed to carefully build some reserves partly because of The Northern Echo’s generosity, these savings are being depleted. In the medium term the DDTN is unsustainable: without support.

All we can do is ask listeners and their families to continue to support the charity with kind and generous donations large and small – and anywhere in between!

Please be assured: all monies raised and donated go direct to the charity’s running costs. No salaries are paid.

It’s a cliche but every little helps. So please: we need help!

Become a listener

Click the button below to access our weekly audio files.

You can also receive our weekly recording on CD or memory stick. Please telephone 01325 465 101 or email: dtnewspaper@outlook.com for more information.

Become a volunteer

There are a variety of volunteer roles, which are organised on a rota basis.

Producer/Sound technician:-

Experience of using a mixing desk is advantageous.
They work a 4 week rota and do the recording on a Wednesday evening, and produce a master CD and master memory stick of the recording.

Reader:-

All our readers have a reading audition to check for clarity of speech and a good reading manner. They work a 5 week rota and do the recording on a Wednesday evening.

News Editor:-

The editor collects pieces of local news for the week from the Northern Echo,from whom we have permission to use their copyright. they make the edition available ready for the Wednesday evening recording. They work a 5 week rota.

Magazine Editor:-

The editor collects magazine articles from various publications from whom we have permission to use their copyright and makes the edition available ready for the Wednesday evening recording. They work a 5 week rota.

Copying teams:-

They work on a Thursday morning on a 2 week rota.They copy the recording from the masters onto Cd and memory sticks to send out to our listeners. They also upload the recording onto the Darlington Newspaper website and also the British Wireless for the Blind Fund website.

Clearing team:-

They work on a Wednesday morning each week, getting the returned wallets ready for the new edition to be sent back out on the Thursday.

If you have a few hours to spare each week or each month you can apply by contacting us on 01325 465101 or email dtnvolunteers@outlook.com

Please check the ‘Do-it’ website for current vacancies.

Donations and Fundraising

Members of the Darlington Talking Newspaper team stood pitch side at Darlington FC's ground with hi viz jackets and fundraiising buckets.

From left to right, Michaela, Paul, Pat, June and Trevor having fun fundraising at DFC.

By cheque payable to Darlington and District Talking Newspaper.By PayPal – if you have a PayPal account you can donate to friends & family on PayPal. dtnewspaper@outlook.com

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Other services

We can do audio recordings for outside agencies or your business, just give us a call on 01325 465 101 to request a quote.

AGM 2021

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