Useful Links

Talking News
Talking newspapers and magazines can be a vital way for blind and sight impaired people to stay in touch with the world. In Gloucestershire there are 6 different organisations that produce talking news for all areas of the county.

These recordings are delivered on either USB memory stick or a CD.  Insight’s Resource Centre stocks various different players to play these recordings on and can also give advice and details on which talking newspaper is suitable for you. Follow the links below to discover talking newspapers from your area.

Talking News Federation
Gloucestershire Talking Newspapers

RNIB Talking Newspapers

Also available are national talking newspapers and magazines, there are over 230 titles available including most of the daily tabloids and magazines such as Readers Digest and many more. For more information please call 01242 22 11 70.
RNIB Talking magazines and newspapers


Accessible reading
Reading is a hobby enjoyed by many, when sight deteriorates this can become more difficult. Most local libraries will have a selection of large print reading material and a variety of talking books. These are usually available on CD and cassette although some libraries are now offering them on USB memory sticks.

Digital Books

Gloucestershire libraries are also now offering a service whereby you can download talking books from the internet and play them on an MP3 player or through a computer.
http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/article/111633/Digital-books

Talking Books

You can also access talking books through Calibre Audio Library which has over 7000 titles, or the RNIB talking book service which has over 30, 000 titles, all read by professional actors.  Talking books are free, for people that are unable to read print through the Gloucestershire County Council Library service,  for more information on these services please  call Insight on 01242 22 11 70


Local Eye Care numbers

Hospital Eye Triage 0300 422 3578

Gloucestershire Social services Adult Help Desk (Sensory Services) 01452 42 68 68


Children and Family Support

Blind Children UK
National Charity with a range of support and services

www.blindchildrenuk.org

Blind Mums Connect
Support group for parents that are VI with children.

www.blindmumsconnect.org.uk

Family Information Service  (Gloucestershire County Council)
0800 542 02 02

www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk


Other Sensory Impairments

Sense
Support for those with deaf blindness

www.sense.org.uk

Gloucestershire Deaf Association

www.glosdeaf.org.uk


Other helpful Organisations

Charles Bonnet Support
A support and information service for people living with CBS, their friends and families and professionals involved in caring for people with CBS who wish to know more.

www.charlesbonnetsyndrome.uk

Disability Rights UK
Some useful information and guidance on applying for benefits

www.disabilityrightsuk.org

Age UK Gloucestershire

www.ageuk.org.uk/gloucestershire

Carers Gloucestershire

www.carersgloucestershire.org.uk