Jewish Care and the Royal National Institute of Blind People have united to provide ‘print impaired’ readers free access to 400 talking books of Jewish interest.
The new service, supported by the KC Shasha Charitable Foundation, has been rebranded and re-launched as Jewish Care Connect.
The new partnership enables Jewish Care to free up resources to produce a wider range of unique Jewish audio news, culture and current affairs content.
“This is a win, win partnership,” enthused Sandi Wassmer, Jewish Care’s Digital Services Development Manager.
“RNIB offers a far more comprehensive Talking Books service than we ever could.
“RNIB’s extensive library now includes 400 talking books of Jewish interest and it is free to use.
“Print impaired Jewish people will have access to a far wider range of audio content.”
Scott Lynch, RNIB Solutions Managing Director commented: “For more than 80 years, our Talking Books library has provided a lifeline to people living with sight loss, helping to end isolation and opening up a whole new world.
“We’re delighted to be working in partnership with Jewish Care to make even more titles available to our customers and continue to grow this important service.”
Historically, Jewish Care has provided access to Jewish-related talking books, newspapers and magazines for over 40 years.
Jewish Care will continue to provide weekly-abridged audio versions of Jewish interest from news outlets, a round table discussion of topical interest with members of the Jewish Extra team and topical experts, together with interviews and other features including audio described gallery and museum visits.
The free service is available to print-impaired people living in the UK.
RNIB’s collection of over 26,000 Talking Books is available in CD, USB and digital download formats.
The charity provides over one million audio books each year to people living with sight loss.
Jewish Care has supported its customers to transfer over to RNIB’s service.