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Soundwaves receives a helping hand



Sound Waves talking newspaper for the blind is a registered charity that was formed in 1974. It operates from a former hardware store in Thorney Close, where it currently employs one part-time manager, Julie Donaldson, who oversees a team of over 25 regular volunteers.
Throughout the year Sound Waves produces a weekly digest of the Sunderland Echo and Star series and a monthly magazine which covers local history, stories and information about new services and gadgets for partially sighted people. It also produces a monthly football fanzine, Red and White Soundbytes, for the avid football fan. All of which are distributed on cassette, CD, USB memory stick and online.
Several hundred items are sent out each month. So the team are kept very busy.
Its client base is up made of people who are referred through the Sensory Support Team and have just been registered blind and people who self-refer after finding it increasingly difficult to read small print.
Almost two million people in the UK are living with sight loss. With a growing incidence in key underlying causes of sight loss, such as obesity and diabetes, the numbers of people with sight problems in the UK are likely to increase dramatically over the next 25 years. So the work of Sound Waves is becoming increasingly important.
Mike Brunning, Treasurer for Soundwaves thanked Durham Benevolence for their generosity and explained that the money was to be used to buy equipment to burn multiple CDs rather than individually as they have to at the moment.
Craig Steele wished the team continued success and hoped they would be able to purchase the extra kit needed soon “I am pleased that we have been able to make a contribution to such a worthy cause” he stated.
Click here to visit the Soundwaves website

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