Sefton Talking Newspapers are a dedicated team of volunteers who provide a valuable service to those visually impaired members of our community, specifically with the aim of enabling those people with access to the news through audio, recorded by the volunteers at STN, a valuable form of information many of us take for granted on a day to day basis.
Bill Esterson MP met with many of those involved on Friday 13th May to celebrate their 25th Anniversary with an afternoon tea event. Speaking to chair of the group, John O’Hanlon, the Labour MP was given the history of the group, which initially started thanks in part to a dedicated council funding for thirteen volunteers. Twenty five years later the organisation is still going strong, with a dedicated volunteer base.
John O’Hanlon said “There are lots of people to thank for our ongoing success. The legacy inherited from our former volunteers, visually impaired groups from across the north Merseyside region and our current seven teams who put in thirty plus man hours a week to produce a 90 minute talking newspaper – this does not include the hours spent by individual members researching suitable articles. We were pleased to welcome Bill Esterson to the event, it was good to see our local MP give such support.”
Bill Esterson MP spoke at the special event saying “I greatly admire the work done by STN. My political colleagues and I, can at times, find it very hard to make speeches that capture the interest of an audience. What these volunteers do is actually incredibly skilful and time consuming work, and something I hold with great appreciation. I am hugely proud of those in my constituency who selflessly dedicate their abilities to helping those with impairments”.