Grant Fund: 2013 Winners

Birmingham Talking Newspaper Association

The Birmingham Talking Newspaper Association is a registered charity which provides a free service of local news and information for blind and partially sighted people living in and around Birmingham.   They offer a digital audio service to all listeners who receive a free player and memory sticks.  The weekly publication offers around 3 hours of news and magazine articles.  On receipt of the funding award, Sarah met with Ian MacLaren, editor of BTNA, to take part in an interview for the newspaper.  In return, Ian kindly gave some fascinating insight into the practical and technological processes in distributing the newspaper and shared some of the team’s key journalistic achievements.

“Our challenges are always financial,” Ian explained. “It costs around £40 to set a new listener up with equipment and last year we had 200 new listeners…I’ll let you do the maths!”  You can listen to Ian’s full interview in the video.

Besides Ourselves

Besides Ourselves is a not-for profit organisation to support and empower local disabled people by delivering:

  • Person centred planning
  • Advice and guidance
  • Creative projects
  • Social events

Besides Ourselves is run by Tracy Veck.  The funding from TWF supported Besides Ourselves to hold an art, music and creative workshop day, facilitated by Tracy, at the MAC in Birmingham.  The event also coincided with the International Day of Disabled People.