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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DONATION ENABLES CHARITY TO TAKE A TRIP DOWN READING MEMORY LANE
From the left, Debjani Bajpai(YBS), Lisa Hendy, Maureen Tegg, Anne Horsley, Brian Wigham, Jennifer Sadler, Michael Sadler, Claire Piercy, Marion Haynes and Namita Kamath(YBS)
Memories of Reading’s past have been brought to life for blind and partially sighted people thanks to a donation from Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation
The Reading – Through the Eyes of the Blind project has been set up by Reading Association for the Blind after the charity received £1,350 to buy much-needed equipment including a projector, sound system and camera.
The charity wanted to create a project that would enable volunteers and members to share their own memories and photographs from times gone by encompassing topics including transport, entertainment, food, changes to buildings and events of the Second World War.
They also hope to create a legacy project for future generations using their new camera to take their own photographs of Reading as it is today.
Reading Association for the Blind runs a number of different clubs throughout the week, including twice weekly craft clubs, a rambling group, Young at Heart and the Out and About group. It also has three part-time visiting officers who visit people in their homes when they are unable to get out.
Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser at Reading Association for the Blind, said:
This is an exciting project for all our members, and already we are sharing so many memories about living in Reading through the past 100 years. Our volunteers are helping to write up the individual contributions and we hope that these will become a talking point with the group and with new sight impaired members in the future. All our members and volunteers thank the Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation for their support.
Namita Kamath, Customer Consultant at Yorkshire Building Society’s Reading branch, said:
Charities like Reading Association for the Blind carry out such an important role in our community and we’re delighted to be able to support the fantastic work they do through the Charitable Foundation.
Easter celebrations get local community support at Reading Association for the Blind
Service users, staff and Maria Page, Community Champion, for Tesco Reading West
An Easter Party held on Tuesday, 27 March, at Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading was enjoyed by over 30 service users, staff and volunteers. Easter bonnets, egg decorations and chocolate Easter eggs had all been made in the day centre in the weeks before, and everyone entered into the celebrations in party mood.
Abby Knowles, Craft Tutor, hosted an Easter Quiz and word search, and the 3 winners of the Easter bonnet parade were awarded medals for their Easter bonnet creations. Abby Knowles said
It is a great pleasure to be able to help the members to create their own Easter bonnets and to celebrate important moments in the calendar throughout the year. I love seeing them being able to wear their own hats as they did a parade round the hall.
Maria Page, community Champion for Tesco Reading West, based in Portman Road, donated an Easter egg for each member, said
It is so lovely to be able to spread a little happiness to all those lovely people.
Marion Haynes, said
It was wonderful to have such amazing community support from Maria Page, and the Tesco Reading West Store, to make the party so much fun for all our members, staff and volunteers.