Local talking paper receives a helping hand from CALA's Community Bursary scheme

Talking newspaper for the blind, Oxtalk, has received a welcome boost from CALA Homes, after receiving £1550 funding from the local housebuilder.

CALA Homes 15 August 2018

Oxtalk, which has been running for 39 years, is a voluntary organisation providing visually impaired people in the Oxford area with a weekly digest of news from the local newspapers. The service is free and is available on memory stick or directly from the organisation’s website. Every week a team of nine from the total 53 volunteers meet at the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind to prepare items for recording, read them onto a master, and copy them so that each listener receives their own memory stick in the post.

The CALA Community Bursary was launched in February 2018 and invited organisations, charities and groups in Oxfordshire to apply to help fund projects which make an important difference in the community. Oxtalk was one of the chosen recipients of this year’s bursary, with the money going towards purchasing a new duplicator/copier machine. 

Stuart Wallace, Managing Director of CALA Homes (Chiltern), said: “Selecting the successful applicants of this year’s Community Bursary scheme was truly a tough decision as we had many candidates with worthwhile causes. The work that the Oxtalk does for visually impaired people in the local community really stood out to us, and provides an important service to over 125 people. Community is at the very centre of our ethos at CALA Homes, and we are over the moon to have found a local organisation which encompasses this so well.”

Margaret Simpson, chair at Oxtalk has been volunteering for the charity for the last 37 years. She adds: “We aim to keep visually impaired people in touch with local news, helping to reduce the feeling of isolation as well as keeping people informed. We currently send out over 125 USBs to mainly elderly listeners and in order to maintain this level of support, we were in need of a brand new duplicator/copier to replace the older machines we have. We are so grateful to CALA Homes for their support, allowing us to update our equipment.”

For more information, visit www.cala.co.uk.