Sheffield Talking News and Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Update 8th August 2021 - For the safety of our volunteers, the weekly news will continue to be recorded in homes and be available to listen to online. We encourage those listeners who can to access our service in one of these ways:
Telephone Service: Ring 0114 383 0345 and select from a series of spoken menu items to go to the things you want to listen to. It’s a local service so you only pay local ‘phone rates. Many tariffs offer periods when local calls are free, for instance in the evenings or at weekends, so if that applies it’s a good idea to listen then. These periods typically last for one hour so the service is designed to cut-off just before one hour is reached. You can then re-dial the number for a further free hour and the system should pick up playing from where you left off.
Online Sources: You can listen in your web browser by following these links to the Weekly News, Talk About Magazine or Out and About articles. Or there is an app for smartphones called ‘Talking Newspaper’ that is easily downloadable and is free. As well as Sheffield Talking News the app will allow you to listen to other talking newspapers around the country. We are also available on Amazon’s Alexa. If you have an Echo device or another way of accessing Alexa, all you need say is, “Alexa, enable My Talking Newspaper” and take it from there. Here are details about using the ‘My Talking Newspaper’ skill on Alexa.
If you’re stuck and need help with listening to Sheffield Talking News by any of these means please ring 0114 278 0440 and leave a message with a telephone number and/or an e-mail address. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Sheffield Talking News thanks all its listeners for their forbearance over this period and we hope everyone stays safe and well
Echo Dot and Alexa
We are currently looking for listeners to try out Amazon Echo Dot devices on a free trial basis.
Making the News
The Sheffield Star recently included an article about our need for volunteers.
You can now read the Newsletter for Existing Volunteers (Summer 2021)
Making News (Thanks to BBC Radio Sheffield)
Recently volunteer David Manning was interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield's Mid Morning Show by presenter Becky Measures. You can hear the interview here:
In Previous years volunteers Mary Callaghan and Su Milchard were heard on Rony Robinson’s afternoon show ‘Baring All’ to help publicise STN. You can listen to these interviews on the following links. When the new browser window opens, click on the play button. The recordings last about 20 minutes each.