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Sandwell Talking News Annual General Meeting, Monday 24 February 2020

Save the date!

Venue; Community Room, West Bromwich Library

Time: 10.30am to 1pm

Listen to the latest Sandwell Talking News

Each new edition of the Talking News is here on Saturdays with material recorded over the previous week. The "Listen now" link loads a playlist so you can skip back and forth between tracks listening with your MP3 media player of choice. You can also download the whole of the edition as an MP3 file or use the Wireless for the Blind online web player.

Quick links:

Other ways to listen

Amazon Echo devices - enable the My Talking Newspaper skill via your connected mobile device or computer first. Once enabled, just ask Alexa to open My Talking Newspaper and follow the instructions. Listen to a demonstration of how to use Alexa to listen to the Talking News.

Telephone listening option - ring 0330 22 33 452 and select option 6 - follow the instructions to help you navigate to the Sandwell Talking News. Please check with your phone provider to ensure you have the "up to 1 hour" phone calls included in your tariff, otherwise, these calls may be charged at your local rate. There is more information about this on our demo about how to use Alexa to listen to the TN.

Previous editions

Listen to Sandwell Talking News for 2 November 2019 (mp3 file)

Listen to Sandwell Talking News for 26 October 2019 (mp3 file)

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News for 19 October 2019 (m3u file)

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News for 12 October 2019 (m3u file)

Listen now to Sandwell Talking News for 5 October 2019 (m3u file)

About Sandwell Talking News

.Sandwell Talking News is a weekly digest of articles from the Sandwell Express and Star plus other material relevant to local people with visual impairments. This includes information about equipment, technology and social activities. STN is available on this site thanks to Sandwell Visually Impaired who are hosting our online presence.

In addition as our online offer, we provide a postal service to listeners in the borough thanks to funding from a number of Community First Panels, the Tipton Tree of Light fund (from Tipton Civic Society) and the West Bromwich Community Chest Fund. These have helped us buy equipment to circulate the news on returnable USB pen drives which can be played on special USB players that we have bought as part of the project.

More about us

STN first appeared in 1979 when it was produced by a small team of volunteers who worked with Wednesbury College. It was previously distributed to over 150 visually impaired people in Sandwell. Over the years it has been recorded in various locations, including people’s own homes.

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We are members of the Talking News Federation.

Volunteers needed

None of this happens without your help. We always welcome volunteers to read for us. We also want people who may be able to spare the time to do duplication and dispatch work for our postal service, and to get involved in other tasks to keep the paper running. If you have some time to offer then please phone SVI on 0121 525 4810. Or email us at

Thanks to...

Thanks to the Editor of Express & Star papers for permission to use news items. We also include some press releases from Sandwell Council’s website. The Infosound items we use - on topics of general interest to visually impaired people - are made available to talking newspapers and others to use free of charge. A big thank you to Roland Myers at Infosound for his very valuable service.

Thanks also to our funders including Healthy Sandwell Micro Grants and Tipton Tree of Lights.

Not least, thanks to our loyal team of readers who give their time freely every week, often after a hard day's work, to spend time reading the paper for us.

Sandwell TN is now managed via a committee which is presently part of Sandwell Visually Impaired but may in time become a social enterprise producing accessible media for those with sight loss and others who do not have access to printed material.

Contact us

Email us at

Phone us care of Sandwell Visually Impaired SVI on 0121 525 4810.

Your data and privacy

Important information regarding the recent change to the Data Protection Act and in particular to the General Data Protection Regulation as to how we use your contact details.

How your information is used and the steps we take to ensure it is secure.

When you ask to receive recordings produced by the Sandwell Talking News, you provide your name and address so that we can send you our memory sticks or CDs. This information is stored in a secure database and address labels are also stored in a secure location. Having left our premises, the address labels and postal wallets are then under the care and protection of Royal Mail.

Your contact details are only used for sending you our memory sticks or CDs and will never be forwarded to a third party.

If you ask us to stop sending the Sandwell Talking News to you, your contact details will be deleted from our database and your address labels will be permanently destroyed.

We promise and assure you that we take data protection seriously and make every effort to meet the requirements of the Data Protection Act.

If your circumstances do change, you move home, change your phone number or wish to unsubscribe to the Sandwell Talking News, please call the office on 0121 525 4810 or email so that we can make the necessary changes.

Some useful links to sources of news and information

Sandwell Express & Star

The Black Country Society

Talking News Federation

RNIB Newsagent


National Talking Express: The charity that produces two UK-wide audio magazines, specifically for vision-impaired people.. A good source of information and entertainment for vi people.

Walsall Talking Newspaper

Birmingham Talking Newspaper Association


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