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Volunteers - Ayrshire Recording Services for the Blind - Ayrshire

We need volunteers to record and edit our Talking Newspapers and church services for the partially sighted and blind people of Ayrshire on a weekly basis. Our service is a lifeline for many in their local areas. It is also good for their wellbeing and mental stability, and they appreciate the effort and hard work that goes into the recordings. We are keen to welcome new volunteers to help us continue to provide this vital service to those in our communities with sight impairment.

Where: Ayrshire Recording Services for the Blind, 20 Glebe Road, Kilmarnock KA1 3BA. Car parking outside studio & within walking distance of local bus & train stations. There are local bus stops nearby.

Readers: Volunteer readers must have a good, clear speaking voice & enjoy reading; they must feel comfortable reading aloud and be able to put a bit of colour and personality into the stories they are recording to make the experience more interesting for the listener. Someone with a journalist or radio background would be a great advantage, although this is not a requirement.

Computer digital recordings are saved on USB memory sticks & distributed to members each week by post to those on our membership list (post-free). Service users keep the memory sticks for a few days to give them time to listen to all of the stories. They then return them to us where the old recordings are wiped and the memory sticks re-used for the next batch of recordings.

Training: Full training provided to new volunteers about our computers systems and procedures.

Talking Newspaper Producer: The volunteer producer will operate and maintain the recording equipment in our small studio to record the volunteer readers who come in to record excerpts from the local newspapers, books, magazines etc. The recordings are copied to USBs which are then sent out to our sight impaired membership. When the service users have finished with them, they return the USBs to us so that we can delete the old recordings and replace them with new ones. We need volunteers with relevant skills/expertise in audio software such as Audacity/Windows 10, who can work on a digital audio recording system for our Talking Newspapers Service for the Blind. Volunteers are needed to help us maintain and keep this vital recording equipment in good running order.

Social Media Manager : Are you a whizz with Social Media? We need volunteers with relevant I.T. skills and good knowledge of operating popular social media platforms to monitor and maintain contact with various social media outlets for on-line streaming of our Talking Newspapers and information about our various projects. You will have the chance to put your skills to very good use, build on your expertise & knowledge, while gaining some essential practical experience to add to your CV.

Admin: Volunteer admin support needed to help manage, maintain and organise our administration & keeping our records up to date. Volunteers must be computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office and relevant software packages.

Fundraisers: Volunteers with energy & enthusiasm needed to help us with fundraising to maintain our services by organising activities encouraging and involving the rest of the team.


Interested? Please contact Maureen at the Volunteer Centre East Ayrshire On Tel: 078800-35472 or e-mail: