Welcome to Bolton Newstalk!

Bolton Newstalk is a registered charity No. 507293

We provide a free, weekly digest of local news in the Bolton area, recorded with the co-operation of the local newspaper - The Bolton News, and delivered free of charge to the visually impaired, and disabled of Bolton and District. 

We can also provide an Audio Conversion Service, with printed CDs if required, at very reasonable rates.

If you are interested in our work and would like to support us, or are interested in our Audio Conversion Service, please feel free to contact us.

PLEASE NOTE: Our website has “audio description” for each section, which can be accessed by pressing the play buttons like the one below.


Talking newspaper for the visually impaired

Bolton Newstalk was founded in 1976, by people who felt that the blind and partially sighted of Bolton should be able to have access to the news. From this small beginning has risen Bolton Newstalk.

Right now, you may be listening to the radio. Later, you might watch the television. And tomorrow you might read the newspaper. Unfortunately, that isn’t a choice that everyone has. Which is why at Bolton Newstalk, we give blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to keep up to date with local news, taken, with their permission, from the Bolton News.

Every Sunday, we record the previous week’s articles from the Bolton News and send them to approx. 200 people a week, in Bolton and the surrounding areas. Our service relies solely on donations and small grants, and we need your help to keep it going. Find out how you can donate.


What We do

The Bolton News allow us to use and adapt articles from their newspaper, and each week a team of volunteers come together to record the news programme.  These teams consist of:

  • a Producer - responsible for editing and compiling the programme

  • a Studio Manager - dealing with all technical aspects of the recording

  • four Readers - they read the articles compiled by the Producer

  • Copiers - responsible for copying and distributing the programme to all our listeners

We distribute Bolton Newstalk programmes to our listeners on USB memory sticks that can be played on a computer, laptop, or through our stand-alone speakers, which are provided by us to our customers at no extra charge. We are also currently investigating distribution via podcast, which we intend to make available through this website.

As well as weekly news bulletins, we record a seasonal magazine programme, which includes useful information. 

For other organisations, we offer an Audio Conversion Service, which can be recorded onto printed CD's or USB as required.  Get in touch to find out how we can help you.


 What’s new at Newstalk


Steering Committee

Meet our steering committee and volunteer coordinators!


Jim Walton


Tel: 07759 977534
e-mail: newstalk@icloud.com

Michael Haworth


Tel: 07547 914637
e-mail: newstalk@icloud.com


Gaynor Cox


Tel: 07547 914637
e-mail: newstalk@icloud.com



The most direct way of supporting us is by making a donation. We carefully monitor all of our operations to make sure that the highest proportion possible of all donations go straight to our projects. We do not waste your money on merchandising. 

There are a variety of ways of making donations:

  • By regular direct debit

  • One-off annual contribution

  • Remember us in your will

To arrange your donation, you can contact us by;

Contact Us

Do you want to get involved? 

Would you like to find out more about our organisation and its projects?  

Please contact us using the form below, and we will be happy to give you any information that you need.

You can also leave a message on our telephone. Please note that this phone is only checked every Monday, when someone will return your call.

Name *

Our Office

The Sensory Centre at Thicketford
336 Ainsworth Lane

Tel: 07547914637
e-mail: newstalk@icloud.com