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Friendly voices . . . Sharing a cuppa are Blind Foundation volunteer newspaper readers (from left) Di Cleveland, Barbara Watt, Anne Heeringer, Jenny Dixon, Adrienne Isbister, co-ordinator Chris Moffitt, and Lyn Eyles. Absent: Adrienne Borrie and Steve Taylor. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

The Blind Foundation needs more volunteers to read the Oamaru Mail and Otago Daily Times aloud so its clients can access the recordings on its Telephone Information Service.

The readers work from home, dialling into the service. It directs them on how to proceed.

They choose news items they think local listeners will be interested in. One makes sure family notices are recorded, and another takes care of sports reports.

The volunteers are rostered on to days that suit them. The readings are mostly recorded by 10.30am.

“It’s lovely to get feedback from listeners,” reader Jenny Dixon said.

“This service is a lifeline to many, as they feel like they have a friend talking to them; a link to the outside world.”

Anyone interested in joining the team should email Blind Foundation recreation and volunteer co-ordinator Chris Moffitt on cmoffitt@blindfoundation.org.nz.