Long-time partner of Glasgow Kelvin College - The East End Talking Newspaper - produced its final edition at the end of June after 16 years of commitment and hard work.
Produced weekly for subscribers who have a visual impairment, the talking newspaper brings updates on pieces of national and local news, as well as local information and events. Editions were even produced right throughout the school holiday period and, for many subscribers, the Talking Newspaper was a lifeline to what was going on in the community.
Recordings began in 2002 at the former John Wheatley College’s sound studios in the campus at Queenslie Industrial Estate. The team who met weekly to produce the newspaper have remained fairly constant over the years, moving to a home at the sound engineering studio of Glasgow Kelvin College’s East End Campus in 2009.
Although the group have remained firm friends over the years, the number of subscribers to the newspaper has dwindled from almost 50 to around 12 and the team, reluctantly, felt it was time to ‘hang up their headphones’ and wind up the charity.
But not before making a very welcome and generous donation of £1000 to Glasgow Kelvin College which the college intends to use to help resource and support its community learning programme.
College Principal, Alan Sherry, said;
“We are privileged to have been able to host the East End Talking Newspaper team over the years and are delighted to accept their very kind donation. It has been a pleasure to be involved with each of the individuals on the team and we hope they will remain friends of the College.”
The remarkable group of volunteers are pictured here with staff and the Principal at the East End Campus. They fully intend to remain friends with one another and meet up regularly, often for lunch at the College’s training restaurant on Fridays.
Glasgow Kelvin College looks forward to welcoming them back later in the year.