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.

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

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Latest News

Asda Community Token's 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 Stall at League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Fete

Staff, volunteers and supporters of RAB at there stand at the League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital fete Staff, volunteers and supporters of Reading Association for the Blind were delighted to have a stand at the League of Friends of the Royal Berkshire Hospital Fete on Saturday, 3 June 2017. It was a gorgeous day and the Charity were pleased to support the League of Friends but also to raise funds to keep services running at the Day Centre. On the day an amazing £520 was raised by holding a tombola, selling goods made by the members who attend the day centre, and hosting a nearly new sale!

Grateful thanks go out to Maria Page, Tesco Community Champion from Tesco Reading West, on Portman Road, who not only donated her time on the day but also many of the tombola prizes. Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser, thanked all of the members, staff, volunteers and friends who helped make the day such a fun event for all to enjoy.

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.

RAB has been successful in winning customers votes in local Tesco stores

Marion is delighted to say RAB has been successful in winning a customer vote in over 20 TESCO Stores in the Caversham, Emmer Green, Henley, Shinfield, Southcote, Woodley, Whitley, Tilehurst, Twyford, and Central Reading areas.

Tesco champion
Tesco's Community Champion, Maria Page, presenting Marion with some of the donations last week

If you know of anyone who shops in Tesco, and it can also be the small Tesco Express Petrol Shops, then please encourage them to collect their blue tokens and deposit them in one of the three voting slots, one of which is supporting Reading Association for the Blind. We are hoping to raise money to make mosaic tiles for display at Walford Hall. If anyone is unable to deposit the tokens then please encourage them to collect them and give them to Marion at Walford Hall Carey Street, and she will see these are deposited. in the Reading Association for the Blind slot.

The voting takes place between 1 March and 29 April and we will know whether we have been awarded either £1,000, £2,000 or £5,000 during May.

We have again been supported by our Community Champion, Maria Page, who works from the Reading West, Portman Road Store, and she has kindly donated many items to us, on two recent occasions which will help us with our forthcoming parties, events and sales.

Marion Heynes community fundraiser

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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