Thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for Cue and Review Print Speaking to the Blind.
We want to make this as simple as possible- below are different options available for volunteering with us, you simply choose what works best for you.
Some roles allow you to do this from your Home and others at our Studio.
We will always be available to provide support and assistance to make this as easy as possible.
There are several other options for volunteers, simply choose the one that suits you best.
USB Stick Copier and Admin
Some of our listeners prefer to receive their Talking Newspaper on a USB stick to plug into their PC at home. Once the listener has finished with the USB stick, they put it in a wallet and post it back to our office.
We need volunteers to go to our studios to collect the returned wallets and upload the latest Talking Newspaper onto the USB stick – you can do this at Home or in the Studio. Then, simply take the sealed wallets to the post office for delivery.
We need people to help promote our charity and the service we provide, simply visit our promotions page to make use of the materials available. You could simply share a meme or a video, put up a poster or promote our podcasts, every little bit of help can make a big difference to someone who is blind or partially sighted.
Are you good with book-keeping and administration, could you help research funding and grants?
We are looking for volunteers to help with these duties as well as handling and scanning invoices and assisting with minutes and reports for board meetings.
If you have the skills and are interested in helping, then we would love to hear from you.
We want to encourage our listeners to move to our online service and we need volunteers to help some of our listeners set up their Alexa device or smartphone app – you would simply talk them through this over the phone so they can listen to Talking Newspapers at home.
We also require volunteers to provide technical support to our readers who are editing and uploading the audio files.
If you would like to help or find out more then please email firstname.lastname@example.org , please state which role you are interested in volunteering for with your name and contact details.
If you want to be a Reader, you have 3 options available -
Using a Smartphone - Home
Smartphones normally have a voice recording app as standard, if not there are plenty of FREE ones from your app store (search “voice recorder” in the app store).
To record, you simply press record on the voice recording software and speak into the mic on your headphones.
You save the file and send it to us – easy.
Using a PC/Laptop - Home
When using a PC or Laptop for voice recording you will need some basic “tools” to record:
Microphone (this can simply be the microphone on the headphones you use with your mobile phone or a standalone microphone that connects to your PC).
Recording software (the one we use is by Audacity which is FREE and easy to use).
A glass of water (this is optional but can help when recording as your mouth may get dry).
Come to our studios - Office
If you would rather come to our recording studios to do your recording then that would be great, we are easy to find and would be more than happy to accommodate you.
And that’s it – you are (almost) ready to go!
Make sure you are in a comfortable and quiet environment
Take your time – reading into a microphone should not be hurried, this short video gives you some idea of a good reading pace.
Don’t worry if you make mistakes – everyone does, and they are easily fixed. If you make a mistake you don’t need to start recording from the beginning, you simply indicate where the mistake happens by clicking your fingers, this “click” is picked up by your mic into the recording software and shows as a spike which can easily be edited out later and you simply continue recording.
How often you do a recording is entirely up to you, this can be as little as once a month. Some of our readers record on a weekly basis, we are flexible and will work around your availability – we let you know well in advance when to do a recording.
We also require Producers and Sound Technicians to assist with the recordings. We use Myriad and Audacity software to record our readers.
If you are keen to learn and develop your knowledge of sound recording software and equipment, then this is the perfect opportunity for you. We will provide training and ongoing support for those interested in being a Producer or Sound Technician.
Please contact us if you want to volunteer to make a recording or if you simply have an enquiry.
Email - email@example.com