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As you are visiting our website today, are we correct in thinking you have a personal interest in talking newspapers and what they bring?

Is it because you are blind or visually impaired yourself?  Or are you visiting us today on behalf of a family member, a friend, or a neighbour who has problems reading normal print because they have a visual impairment?

Then you’ve come to the right place!  We are here to help.

Rockvale Rebound is a completely free local talking newspaper service for people who are blind or have a visual impairment which prevents them from reading normal print.  It has been produced by volunteers since May 1981.

We are a registered charity supported by grants and donations.  We also arrange a variety of fund raising events such as sponsored walks, can collections, etc., to help towards the running costs.

There are currently 3 publications which are recorded on to audio tape cassettes:

  • A weekly newspaper where a team of volunteers read items from two local newspapers - the Dumbarton & Vale of Leven Reporter and the Lennox Herald.  

  • “On The Rebound” is a monthly magazine supplement.  It is a mixture of news items, information from the Royal Institute for the Blind, stories, health topics, travel, upcoming events, etc.

  • “Rebound Roundabout” is a monthly magazine supplement.  It is produced by some of our blind members and consists of interesting interviews on topical and historical subjects in and around the local area, such as in Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Cardross, Milton and Bowling.

Our dispatch team post the tapes out to listeners n special padded wallets.  A label is provided for free return of the tapes. In addition, and if listeners wish to avail themselves of the service, we can deliver tapes personally thereby maintaining a vital social contact for many of our listeners.

As well as providing free talking newspaper tapes, we hold a minimum of three social events each year – the Summer Outing, the Christmas Lunch, and the Annual General Meeting.  These occasions allow volunteers and committee members to get to know listeners, get feedback, and get ideas about what they would like to hear on their tapes. They are also a great opportunity for listeners to meet the people behind the voices they hear on tape.

All enquiries to : Bobby or Pat Simpson

at or on 01389 762096

Thank you for your interest in Rockvale Rebound


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