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Audio Technician Volunteer - Swindon Talking Newspaper

The fortnightly Swindon & District Talking Newspaper (STAN) gives blind, visually impaired and disabled listeners an independent means of keeping in touch with what’s going on in the local community. 

The recording is produced fortnightly and is circulated to listeners on a memory stick or via the TNF/BWBF app. It contains local news items from the Swindon Advertiser, and features of general interest including sport, local history and interviews; plus articles, interviews and information produced specifically for visually impaired people from the BBC, RNIB and TNF Soundings. 

The Talking Newspaper is available free to any visually impaired person interested in receiving it.


We are currently looking for one or more volunteers to act as an Audio Technician. You will already be able to use a computer, however full training of the software used will be given and you will be fully supported until you feel comfortable.

The Audio Technician’s responsibilities will include:

– Working with the Producer to understand the running order of the STAN recording. 

– Record and link together various recording and live readings to compile a fortnightly episode of STAN. 

– Create a Master copy of the recording onto one USB. This will be handed to the team which will then duplicate this to send out to our listeners. 

– Upload the recording online for our listeners’ streaming devices. 

– Be available on a Wednesday evening once a month (or as agreed on the rota) once the training period has ended. The commitment is twice a month to begin with to ensure consistent and continuous training is given.


This opportunity is suitable for someone 18 or over who is interested in Sound engineering and supporting visually impaired disabled people.  It also requires the person ot be part of a small volunteering team.

The Recording studio is situated on a first floor and unfortunately no lift is available so it may not be suitable if the volunteer is unable to use stairs.

Please apply in the first instance via e-mail to:

Or visit Swindon Talking Newspapers // Homet