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


Notice of RAB's 2017 AGM

RAB's 2017 AGM will be held 24 October 2017 at 2.30pm at Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading. You can down load the 2016 minutes as a word document here AGM 2016 Minutes
Also down load a word document of the business to be carried out here Notice of AGM 24 October 2017

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.

How you can Donate and help us
or contact Marion Haynes our community fundraiser

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Latest News


13 Young people from the Reading area visited the Day Centre at Reading Association for the Blind, to plan, design and make promotional materials for the Charity, and to hold a fundraising and awareness day in the centre of Reading on 23 August. The 16 year olds, were taking part in a week of activities under the National Citizen Service scheme, in which young people build skills for work and life while taking on exciting challenges, making new friends and contributing to their community. The team visited the Charity to learn about services provided to sight impaired people in the Reading area, and they planned the projects, which included a mosaic wall tile of the World, a banner and promotional coasters displaying the charity details.

Marcus Doctrove, Project Director for the team, pictured supporting the mosaic tile, said "I really enjoyed working with the staff at RAB and they gave me an important insight and understanding of visually impaired and blind individuals."

Mic Metolli, who planned some of the promotional materials, said "It was a really humbling experience to help and support such an inspirational charity, dedicated to giving visually impaired individuals a great life."

NCF youth team
13 young people from the Reading area taking part in the National Citizen Service with Reading Association for the Blind

The young people had to pitch their plans to a panel of Dragons and were successful in raising funding to help towards their challenge. At their challenge day on the 23 August they encouraged people to take part in fundraising events such as Reading Half Marathon, the Santa Run, and raise sponsorship for RAB, and to volunteer with the Charity.

Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser at Reading Association for the Blind, said “It was fantastic to have the team of 13 young people, volunteering with the charity, over the two weeks of the scheme. They were enthusiastic, motivated and worked hard as a team to produce all of the promotional material. The mosaic wall tile will be enjoyed by all the local community passing the Day Centre and the promotional materials will be excellent for raising awareness.”

Asda Community Tokens Donation

Asda image RAB was delighted to receive £500 from ASDA at Tilehurst, Reading. Jacqueline Fieldhouse, Community Champion, visited RAB's Day Centre on 24 July to present the cheque to Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser on behalf of the service users. Thank you to everyone who supported the community collection.

RAB's new Kiln

Marion & Ross standing behind the kilnWe are delighted to have built a special housing for our new pottery firing kiln. Ross from K.Maitland & Sons is seen handing over the building to our community fundraiser, Marion Haynes, on 7th April 2017.

Suzanne Weston, RAB’s craft leader, said Now that we have the kiln installed, our service users have the opportunity to explore a whole new range of crafts including pottery painting and clay work. We hope that in time we will be able to offer a firing service to the community and raise money for RAB.

Check out a full description of our services here
Reading Association for the Blind (RAB)
Walford Hall
Carey Street

Phone: 0118 957 2960

The manager at RAB

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

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