When the Mid Devon Messenger was founded in 1983, the intention was to provide a service to the blind, or partially sighted, or those with ‘a temporary or permanent incapacity or disability which makes reading a strain’. Now, over 35 years later, we are able to complete the delivery of that intention.
The current USB, wallet, Royal Mail and player system works well for our visually impaired listeners, and will continue to do so into the future.
But developments in technology bring opportunities. Now we can transmit the Messenger electronically to smart devices, such as speakers, phones, tablets and laptops. Our new group of listeners find reading a strain and may have Parkinson’s or Motor Neurone Disease, stroke, arthritis or the early stages of dementia. Like the visually impaired, they want to keep in touch with their community.
If you would like to get involved or want further details of this project, contact Helen on 01884 562639 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In rolling out the new service, we’ll be assisted by another charity, AbilityNet. Their volunteers provide free IT support for setting up new equipment, fixing technical issues and showing you how to stay connected to family and use online services. For further details go to: abilitynet.org.uk or telephone 0800 048 7642