Reading Association for the Blind

Supporting visually impaired people of Reading since 1883

We are a charitable association offering services to the blind and visually impaired in Reading Berkshire UK.

  A group from Young at Heart enjoying lunch out at the Goring and Streatley Golf Club in October 2014
  RAB sight impaired person with his guide walking through woods June 2016


About Reading Association for the Blind

Reading Blind Aid Society was formed in 1883 and then changed to Reading Association for the Blind in 1926 and has supported the sight impaired people of Reading ever since. Our objective has been to enable sight impaired people to live full and active lives by providing the opportunity to take part in activities that they may otherwise not be able to, such as visiting our social club, rambling, taking part in our craft club, social outings, theatre trips, sport, holidays, learning new skills such as IT or accessing support from our home visiting service. People suffering from sight impairment often suffer with isolation and social exclusion and we do all we can to promote social interaction and inclusion in society. In many cases it can be difficult for them to leave their homes, to get out and meet people, so the service we provide is vital for their physical and mental wellbeing. Older people with sight loss are almost three times more likely to experience depression than people with good vision.

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Latest News

Kerry Haynes is running the Reading half marathon for RAB

Group photo taken in  RAB's centre on Friday 13 2017My name is Kerry Haynes, and I live in central Reading. I have recently been made aware of the charity, Reading Association for the Blind. The charity’s objective is to enable sight impaired people to live full and active lives by providing the opportunity to take part in activities that they may otherwise not be able to do. I have been fortunate enough to see the great work the staff and volunteers do for its service users, having recently attended the Reading Santa Run, and the Christmas Fair organised by the team. I wanted to give something back and to provide support for the charity to continue its great work, which clearly enriches the lives of all around them. If you are interested in knowing more about what the charity does, or want to help with volunteering or fundraising then please contact Marion Haynes, on 0118 957 2960 or email her at

Kerry Haynes with a RAB' banneraDonating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity. Kerry Haynes just giving page Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page. I'm excited for the Reading Half and to hit that target (monetary and a new personal best!!).

Making a difference to Sensory Garden!

Lionel Voke from Berkshire Masonic Charity and Eric Moyse from the Rotary Club of Reading, joined supporters and service users to launch the opening of Reading Association for the Blind’s newly improved sensory garden on Friday, 23 September 2016. The Day Centre at Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading, provides services to sight impaired people in Reading. Members enjoy taking part in arts and craft activities, going on outings, joining the rambling group, gardening and socialising together.

Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser, said that the provision of a garden awning, raised flower beds, new garden furniture has made the garden enjoyable and accessible for members who are sight impaired, and who have physical disabilities. Bright sunlight is sometimes difficult for people who can see to cope with and sight impaired people suffer even more.

Enjoying the RAB Sensory garden refurbishment – left to right: Cynthia Beard, Lionel Voke - Berkshire Masonic Centre, Eric Moyse - Rotary Club of Reading, Marion Haynes – Community Fundraiser, Ricky Josey – Grants and Trusts Fundraiser. Lower left to right: Virginia Weeks, Gladys Mace, Wendy Gibson, Barbara and Alf Turner.

Gladys Mace, from Southcote and Virginia Weeks from Reading, both agreed that the awning gives shelter and shade from the sunlight. They said it has really made a difference for friends to meet in the garden for drinks and lunch. The raised flower beds allow members to plant, grow and water plants whilst sitting in chairs or wheelchairs.

William Kennedy, Treasurer of Reading Association for the Blind said that the charity was grateful to all the supporters who had donated funds to enable the garden improvement scheme to be completed this year, and it was lovely to see so many people enjoying being together in the garden.

Check out a full description of our services here

Reading Association for the Blind (RAB)

Company no. 3354127 Charity no. 1062433

Reading Association for the Blind (RAB)
Walford Hall
Carey Street
Phone: 0118 957 2960

This website was constructed by one of our blind members Bob Bristow

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