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What is the EaRTN?

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Elmbridge and Runnymede Talking News (EaRTN)is a voluntary organisation which provides a free service of local news to blind and visually impaired people, as well as others who have difficulty in reading.  We are a registered charity (No. 803083) and we are sponsored by the local Rotary Clubs and supported by other donors.  We’ve been giving the service continuously since 1975.

It is our aim to reach as many of these people as possible, to enhance their lives by helping them keep in touch with what is going on in their community.

Each week we record a ninety-minute cassette tape of news taken from local newspapers in Elmbridge and Runnymede.  The cassettes are delivered by the postman and listeners return the used tapes post-free.  At present we have about 150 listeners. An mp3 file containing a spoken description of EaRTN's services can be downloaded from here

News Updates Some recent EaRTN news can be found on our Recent EaRTN News page

How can I help?

First and foremost by spreading the word among blind and visually-impaired people.  Surveys have shown that we reach only about 25 percent of the people who would benefit from our service.  See our Become a Listener page.

Secondly, by joining our volunteers in helping to produce our tapes. For more information please see our Become a Volunteer page