Talking newspaper helps spread fire safety messages

Posted 18/05/2016 10:33:55

A talking newspaper based in Dolgellau is working with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service to help spread potentially lifesaving advice to residents across the region.

 

The Dolgellau and District Talking Newspaper for the Blind is a free service for people who cannot read the local newspapers. They provide a weekly bi-lingual tape of local news from around the area to anyone who is registered blind or partially sighted, as well as a bi-monthly magazine tape.

 

Following on from this new partnership, the tapes now also include fire safety advice and details of how to apply for a free home safety check, which feature advice specially tailored for those with sight issues. The tapes are sent out to residents across North Wales.

 

The partnership came about after local Safety Support Worker, John Paul Williams, approached the talking newspaper and asked whether they would consider including details on how to stay safe from fire.

 

John Paul explained: "The Dolgellau and District Talking Newspaper for the Blind offer a fantastic service - working with them is a great opportunity for us to connect with potentially hard to reach residents who have sight issues.

 

"I'd like to thank the newspaper for working with us in this way, and helping to keep the residents of North Wales as safe as possible. I look forward to developing how we can work together in the future."

 

Gareth Roberts from The Dolgellau and District Talking Newspaper for the Blind, said: "We're thrilled to be working with North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and helping to keep our listeners safe in their homes.

 

"We post out 25 tapes and 35 CDs each week, and adding in this information means that as well as keeping our listeners up to date on local news, we're also highlighting the importance of smoke alarms and the services available to them."

 

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