What is the EaRTN?
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.
Every Thursday two presenters record onto USB memory sticks an mp3 audio file of about ninety minutes of local news taken from the Surrey Herald and Surrey Advertiser newspapers. The memory sticks are then delivered free of charge through the post, usually to be received on a Saturday, and after listening, listeners return the sticks, again post free. Most of our 130 listeners play the memory sticks on a boom box which is also provided free.
We also produce a Monthly Magazine for our listeners which they usually receive on the first weekend of the month. This contains items of local interest taken from magazines as well as other items appealing particularly to our blind and visually impaired listeners.
An mp3 audio 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?
Mainly by spreading the word among registered blind and visually impaired people in the two boroughs. Surveys have shown that there are around 1100 potential listeners in Elmbridge and Runnymede. We are reaching just around 15% of that figure. 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