Infosound is a charity, registered across our editorial coverage area of England, Wales and Scotland. We are predominantly staffed by
volunteers and are proud of the charity's extremely low operational overheads. We do not charge for our public service, nor do we ever
ask blind or partially-sighted listeners to contribute towards the service's running costs.
Infosound receives no statutory funding and we rely entirely on donations and grants to enable our work. We are always keen to explore
partnership working with other vision-impairment-related charities to enhance mutual benefit and reduce service overlap and wasted
resourcing. But, as an independent charity, we must remain self-reliant to enable us to maintain our impartiality. Our written Constitution
governs the way we operate and the charity's Guiding Principles do not allow us to trade editorial coverage for financial support, publicity
or any benefit-in-kind.
In October 2017, we received two grants that enabled us to carry out the first phase of replacing
Infosound a grant to cover over 75% of the cost, with the Persula Foundation awarding a grant
for the balance. The new equipment was not only welcome because its use is so core to our audio
production capability, but because it also helped us to start planning new ways of bringing news
and information to vision-impaired people.
Around the turn of the year, this was followed by a further grant award from the Parry Family
Persula Foundation. This enabled us to replace much of the remainder of our older and less reliable
equipment. With the newer kit in place, we were able to launch our 24-hour broadcast and on-
demand services that have, in turn, spawned further new and exciting ways for vision-impaired people
to listen to the free and impartial public service information that we produce.
work for several years. Initially helping us to forge strong links with sight loss charities within the
Greater London region, their support has since broadened to support our work across Great Britain.
enabling the initial Infosound CD service, the professional services of a part-time audio producer
and editor and the financing of much of the infrastructure that underpins all our work. More recently,
they also contributed help with fundraising to enable us to build a secure future for the charity.
In the past year, grants from sixteen trust funds have contributed to Infosound's general running costs
and one other trust fund awarded a grant towards the purchase of technical equipment. We are
grateful to them all for their contributions towards resourcing the daily running of Infosound.
We fundraise independently and invite donations and grants from anyone who would like to support our work. If you would like to enquire
about how to make a donation to Infosound, please email us at [email protected] or phone us on 03000 111 555. Or donations can