Rotherham Talking Newspaper

Date of Formation


About the Service that we provide

Rotherham Talking Newspaper is a local registered charity that exists to provide a service to people, of any age, who are blind, visually impaired, or unable to hold and read a newspaper for any reason. The charity is operated by two part time staff and around 25 volunteers.

Every week we produce an 80 minute audio recording of local news, taken from the Rotherham Advertiser. In addition an 80 minute weekly magazine recording, called the “Access Tape” is also produced. This is an audio recording full of recipes, gardening tips, vision related medical information, and other articles and stories that would be relevant and/or interesting to the people that we serve.

By Wednesday of every week the audio recordings have been copied, packed into addressed pouches, transported to the local post office, and posted off to our listeners.

The service is totally FREE to Listeners and produced almost entirely by volunteers. We currently have around 400 Listeners and distribute around 800 recordings per week on either audio cassette, CD, or USB Memory Stick.

A Brief History

Rotherham Talking Newspaper was founded in 1982 by a group of volunteers, some of whom are still very much involved. 

It is an independent registered local charity, funded totally by voluntary contributions.

In the early years RTN was of “no fixed abode”, operating from rooms made temporarily available by the Department of Social Services of Rotherham Borough Council. The rooms were at the Crinoline House site in Rotherham. Eventually a permanent residence was granted at “Brooklands”, a Social Services outbuilding in the town. Here it became possible to install a small office as well as cassette copying facilities. Later a compact but well equipped studio was constructed and fitted out following a donation of £4,000 from Radio Hallam’s 1986 Money Mountain appeal.

During 2008, due to the deterioration of the building we had to move from “Brooklands” to new offices at the Millennium Centre, Badsley Moor Lane. 

At the beginning of 2013 the charity was forced to move once more to our current premises in Rosehill Victoria Park, Rawmarsh.