Do you want to Listen?

Would you, or someone you know, benefit from STN's free weekly news recordings, and our other offerings ?

We provide a weekly dose of recent local news, as well as our 'Talk About Magazine' eight times a year, and our occasional 'Out And About In Sheffield' segments.

We make it it our mission to move with the times, always on the lookout for better and faster ways to bring the news to your door, whether through the letterbox, straight to your computer, smartphone or tablet, or even - thanks to the wizardry of technology - via Amazon's Alexa. We even hope to be available through Google Assistant soon.

Listen online

on this site

Our previous online audio player is no longer available to us, but instead you can now listen to the latest editions of our 3 publications immediately, on our web site, using audio players provided by the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF). Click these links for the latest News, Magazine or Out and About. There is no need to register for the online service.

via the app

The "Talking Newspaper App" from BWBF (the British Wireless for the Blind Fund) can be found free on Google Play Store or Apple's App Store.

with Alexa

A growing number of listeners are accessing STN’s output using Amazon’s Alexa. This is available on Amazon smart speakers and as an app on smartphones, tablets, PCs, some smart TVs and the Amazon Fire TV Stick. This is particularly advantageous for people with visual impairment because the system is controlled entirely by voice commands using everyday speech. Read details of how to listen on Alexa.

You can hear some of our listeners talking about the advantages of using Alexa.

We are currently looking for listeners to try out Amazon Echo Dot devices on a free trial basis.

with a podcast

Our most recent recordings are currently available as podcasts on PodBean (link opens in a new tab). They can be played online or downloaded for offline listening. In the future they will be added to more podcast sites.

by downloading

The Podcast link will also allow you to download the news, the magazine or the latest Out and About article.

Listen through our postal service

If you're not able to listen online, then you can subscribe to receive the recordings on a USB memory stick through our postal service. With the memory sticks, the recordings can be accessed on your computer, on some TVs, or you can buy a small, specially designed, easy to use 'boom box' from Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.

Each week, a USB stick of recordings will arrive by post in a special wallet. The wallet can be used free of charge to return the USB stick after use.

Free subscription to this service is by calling 0114 278 0440 or emailing If you would like a trial first, request a sample memory stick. There are also other ways to get in touch.

Listen via the British Wireless for the Blind Fund (BWBF)

The BWBF offer their Sonata Plus+ device, and their Bumblebee App, either of which can be used to play our news. (These links open in a new window).

You can no longer listen by dialing in

Unfortunately the arrangement by which listeners could listen to Sheffield Talking News via the telephone by dialling a local number has now ended. If you were a telephone user please get in touch with us by emailing or telephoning 0114 278 0440 so we can advise on other ways you can listen to us.