A talking newspaper volunteer has been nominated for an award providing news for blind and partially sighted people.

June Little, a volunteer at the Cotswold Listener, which provides news in Gloucester and the north of Cotswolds, has been nominated for the RNIB See Differently Award.

The awards will celebrate the work of people across the UK in supporting people with sight loss.


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Ms Little is up for the Volunteer of the Year award, which recognises contributions towards promoting the health, wellbeing, and living standards of the blind and partially sighted community.

Since 2018, Ms Little has worked at the talking newspaper, starting as a volunteer administrator and quickly rising to the Chair of Trustees, a responsibility she still holds.

In 2022, she took on the role of trustee at the Talking News Federation (TNF).

She manages a team of 60 who read news for its 150 listeners, many of whom are blind or partially sighted.

As part of her duties, Ms Little developed a mentoring program for the outlet's sound engineers and news editors.

She said: "I’m so pleased to be shortlisted for an RNIB See Differently Award.

"Before joining Cotswold Listener, I didn’t know much about sight loss but I had a passion for volunteering and a desire to help others, and now, I’ve learned so much.”

She also puts her skills to work planning and facilitating TNF’s roadshows, which encourage cooperation between talking news providers by sharing ideas.

In addition to this, she is currently working to create a new podcast aimed at young blind and partially sighted people.

She also makes regular guest speaking appearances at community events, raising over £1,000 in donations and recruiting new listeners and volunteers.

RNIB CEO Matt Stringer said: "The RNIB See Differently Awards will celebrate those who dedicate their time, passion, and skills to help build an inclusive world for blind and partially sighted people.

"Congratulations to the shortlisted national finalists, you’re all fantastic with incredibly moving stories and we wish you the best of luck.”

The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Central London on Tuesday, 21 May.