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 May 2018


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.

Note: We are in need of minibus drivers, treasurer, Minute taker for our Management and Trustees meetings, and fundraisers for events in the community, if you wish to volunteer for any of these positions Please contact Claire Piercy on 0118 957 2960 or email: Claire Piercy our Volunteer Co-ordinator

Click here to see ways you can donate to RAB and help us

If you wish you can register for Amazon Smile and choose 'Reading association for the Blind' as your charity, we will receive a small commission from every purchase you make on Amazon, and it will cost you absolutely nothing!

You can contact Marion Haynes our community fundraiser if you wish to support RAB further

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Our grateful thanks to the following for their generous support

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Our faulty lights were replace by Koltrane Lighting

Latest News

Christmas Fair at Reading Association for the Blind supported by local community.

Photo Christmas fair caption
Maria Page, Community Champion Tesco Reading West Store, Mayor, Councillor Debs Edwards, Chairman and Trustee of RAB, Bob Bristow, Jacqueline Fieldsend, Community Champion Asda, Meadway Store

The Christmas Fair held at the Day Centre, Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading on Tuesday, 4 December, attracted supporters from all over Reading and the local community.

The Fair raised £450 to help continue providing services to sight impaired people of Reading. Service users, staff, volunteers, friends and families enjoyed buying Christmas cards & decorations, crafts, woodwork, beauty products and jewellery. Many of these items had been made by members in the Day Centre, and donated by Tesco and Asda. Bob Bristow, Chairman and Trustee of Reading Association for the Blind, said It was lovely to come along and buy items which had been donated and which had been made in the Day Centre. It was also a great pleasure to have Maria Page, Community Champion for the Tesco Reading West Store and Jacqueline Fieldsend, Community Champion for Asda, Meadway as supporters of the Charity.

The Right Worshipful Mayor of Reading, Councillor Debs Edwards toured the stalls with Bob Bristow, and kindly prepared a Christmas broadcast for Reading Talking News.

Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser said It was lovely to see so many people visit the Day Centre from the local community, and we were visited by residents from Uppingham Gardens in Caversham. Our sight impaired members were thrilled to have such community support and gave a special thanks to all who attended.

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

Phone: 0118 957 2960

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

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