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Letter to all OXTALK volunteers

September 14, 2011

Dear OXTALK volunteer

It is the time of year when I ask you to think ahead to the next year. To help us plan the rotas, which result in the weekly talking newspaper, I have sent you all the ‘Availibilty Sheet for 2012’, which I ask you you to complete and return.

2011 has been a memorable year with the permanent transfer, at the beginning of June, from cassette to flash drive. Listeners confirm that there is a big improvement in quality which is rewarding.

Listeners appreciate the clear, steady delivery of the news items,especially those listeners who have a hearing impairment as well as a visual impairment – reading neither too fast nor too slow.

It is inevitable, there are some volunteers retiring, mainly from the copying teams, but the stability of all teams through-out this year has been pleasing. The retiring copiers will be missed but because the copying process is now much quicker the copying teams will function with 3 members in future.

The Autumn Meeting which includes the AGM, will be held on Thursday 27 October 2011 at 7pm. The venue is Barton Community Centre where there is plenty of free car parking. I am pleased to be able to tell you that following the AGM and refreshments Meg Jones, Senior Social Worker with the Oxfordshire Sensory Impairment Team will be our guest speaker. Following Meg’s presentation there will be a listener led discussion about the sevices for people with a visual impairment – are we, are the Sensory Team, offering a service which meets the needs of the users?

I do hope you will be attending the Autumn Meeting, please let me know. If you are, will you be able to offer a listener a lift to and from the meeting, if the need arises?

2011 has been a satisfying and positive year for OXTALK – I do hope you agree.

Thank you for your continuing support of OXTALK.

Good wishes.


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