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Society of the blind appoints communications officer

The North Wales Society for the Blind (NWSB) has appointed a communications officer to join the team.

Hywel Trewyn is an experienced journalist living in Caernarfon.

Hywel will be responsible for raising the profile of the Society which offers high quality support to blind, or partially sighted, children and adults across north and mid Wales.

As part of the role, Hywel will also be actively attracting more trustees to support the charity's work and volunteers to guide and provide support for the blind to enjoy activities similar to Clwb Cerdded Eryri walks.
The Society also runs social clubs with regularly held meetings.

Hywel Trewyn

Hywel worked for Y Cymro, yr Herald, BBC, Western Mail, Wales on Sunday, Strata Matrix, Gwasg y Bwthyn and Newyddion S4C amongst others.
He spent 18 years with the Daily Post and more recently with the fun paper, the Daily Star.

Hywel said: "I am really looking forward to contributing to the Society which has done so much good work throughout the north and mid Wales since it was established in 1882.

“I intend to use my journalistic experience across a number of platforms to promote the Society’s work and raise awareness of the charity's services.

“NWSB is not part of any other charity and is unique as it offers a range of services including through the medium of Welsh.

"At the beginning I will experience the different services the charity offers including acting as an agent on behalf of the social services of Anglesey and Gwynedd councils to work with blind and partially sighted people to support, encourage and develop skills promoting independence, confidence and choice.

"We have a number of mentors who provide guidance and reassurance to children and young people and we offer advice and training to any organisation, workplace or school to help them be more aware of the needs of blind and partially sighted people at work and socially.

“NWSB has a resource center showcasing specialist technical equipment and information in our office in Bangor High Street where our recording studio for Welsh audio books and local papers is also located.
"Anyone who would like to join the Society as a trustee or volunteer or anyone who would like to contribute by sharing their experiences and knowledge is welcome to contact me.

"I'm proud to work for a society whose users think so highly of it."

The Society has a team of 10 dedicated experts who visit clients in their homes.

NWSB publishes 24 audio books each year - half of them for young people - and records and distributes eight audio local papers on CD or MP3 each month.

More details: Contact Hywel Trewyn, NWSB, 325 High Street, Bangor LL57 1YB or hywel@nwsb.org.uk or call 01248 353604.

Notes for editors: The North Wales Society of the Blind was founded in 1882 by a small group of volunteers led by the Bishop of Bangor in the hope of "teaching the blind to read in order to reduce as much as possible the monotony of their lives due to their blindness."