A Masonic Charitable Foundation grant of £30,000 has been awarded to a national charity which provides audiobooks for adults and children with sight problems, dyslexia or other disabilities. Calibre Audio Library received a grant of £30,000 to fund the addition of 120 new titles to their collection.
Over two million people are affected by sight loss in the UK while 10% of the population is dyslexic and thousands of others are unable to hold a book due to disabling conditions such as arthritis and Parkinson’s. Calibre believes that disability should not act as a barrier to the enjoyment of reading.
Calibre’s audiobooks allow people to overcome disability and disadvantage; helping children with visual impairment or dyslexia to enjoy the same books as their friends and providing socially isolated adults with valuable entertainment and mental stimulation.
Expanding the service
Calibre currently offers a library of 8,500 audiobooks to their 18,000 members with hopes to expand with 700 new titles. Each book costs £250, covering staff costs and the publisher’s reproductions fees.
Calibre Audio Library has previously been supported by Masonic Charity with grants totaling £63,000. These grants allowed Calibre to convert their existing audio book library to MP3 format and to produce new digital audiobooks.