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 a day at Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight in June 2015
  RAB ramblers walking through a barley field June 2016

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Latest News

Double Celebrations for 90 years!

Two Royal tea parties were held at Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading, on Friday, 3 June and Tuesday, 7 June to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday along with 90 years of Reading Association for the Blind.

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Maureen Tegg, Club Member, Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser, Dee Teeka, Community Champion

Over 50 service users, staff and volunteers enjoyed the festivities each day, and dressed in red, white and blue. Flags, bunting, and flower arrangements had all been made in the day centre in the weeks before, and everyone entered into the celebrations in party mood. Maureen Tegg, who lives in Wensley Road, Coley, Reading, is pictured wearing her Union Jack top pushing the cake trolley with Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser for Reading Association for the Blind and Dee Teeka, Community Champion for Tesco Reading Extra.

Maureen said “coming to the partially sighted club is a fantastic way of meeting others like myself with sight impairment, and the parties held for the Queen’s Birthday were brilliant. It was nice to see what we have made being used by us all.”

Dee Teeka, volunteered her day going out on the Association’s mini bus to collect people from their homes to bring them into the Day Centre for the parties, and then helped serve the Coronation chicken sandwiches and other savoury delights, along with cakes kindly donated by Tesco and Warburtons.

Marion Haynes, said “It was wonderful for staff to arrange the parties which over 100 service users and volunteers enjoyed, and they were a double celebration. The Association provides services through the Day Centre and by its visiting officers to sight impaired people in the Reading community. Local fundraising is a large part of helping to keep services maintained and added to, and if any community group or individual wishes to help in any way then please contact her on 0118 957 2960 or

Reading Association for the Blind Rambling Group turns 25 on June 6 2016

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RAB Past and present ramblers out side the Red Lion PH at Peppard Common

Reading Association for the Blind Rambling Group celebrated its anniversary on June 6, 25 years after Pat Davis and her sight impaired friend Wendy Clayton christened the club. Ms Clayton decided to set up the group because her eyesight stops her from driving, which in turn restricts her ability to get out to typical walking groups in the countryside.
“You have to meet out in the country which is no good because you have to have a car,” said Ms Clayton. “So we set up our own group and now we meet once a fortnight and walk five or six miles. It is so nice to go out in the countryside and to meet with everyone. We have got some really wonderful volunteers.”
Over the course of its quarter of a century the group have wandered further afield than their usual paths in West Berkshire and North Hampshire to the Seven Sisters, Devon and Wells.

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Wandering through the blue bells

Marion Haynes Community Fundraiser at Reading Association for the Blind, said: “The visually impaired ramblers really enjoy being in the open air, getting exercise, making new friends, and recently ramblers were delighted at the fragrance of bluebells in the woods of the Chiltern Hills.
“The exercise from the walks helps to keep our members fit. One carried on walking until he was 94 and another to 90. Guide dogs also enjoy the walks as for them it is playtime as volunteers escort ramblers which allows the dogs to run free.”

Of course, the main talking point for the group is when things go wrong. We never heard the end of it when we lead the group across a field that was in the process of having manure spread over it. So far as the walk leader and helpers are concerned, walking with visually impaired people brings a different perspective as to how one thinks about rights of way and in particular stiles. However, the most rewarding element of this activity is the appreciation shown by members of the group due to the fact that you are facilitating their access to the countryside and enabling them to enjoy the fresh air.

Marion Haynes Community Fundraiser

Marion HaynesMy name is Marion Haynes, and I am delighted to be the Community Fundraiser for Reading Association for the Blind. I grew up in Reading and live a short walk from the Walford Hall Day Centre in Carey Street and I am pleased to be able to promote the Association’s services for sight impaired people in Reading in the local community.

My career has involved me in working for the local authority social services department, in residential care and nursing homes, in a hospice for specialist palliative care, and now I am excited to raise funds to help continue and expand the services which are provided through the Day Centre and by its Visiting Officers.

We have already had some very good press to celebrate 25 years of rambling this year, and have parties this year to celebrate the Association being named Reading Association for the Blind for the past 90 years, along with Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday this year.

Lord Kitchener said “Your Country Needs You”. I would like to enlist your support to help expand our services! There are many ways to help us raise funds and this can be as small or large as you want. Everything donated goes towards keeping the services provided to our members going. Ideas include hosting an event, tea party, dress down day at work, raffles and quizzes, having a cake or produce sale. If you have a personal challenge that you want to achieve, then why not get this sponsored and donate to your chosen charity or charities. Businesses may want to plan a corporate day helping the re-decoration of the hall, or holding an event on our behalf. Schools may wish to plan and hold an event as part of their studies. As you can see there are lots of exciting things that can be done to put the fun into fundraising!

To talk further about any of these ideas and ways you can support Reading Association for the Blind please contact me on 0118 957 2960 or email me at

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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