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.

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  A group from Young at Heart enjoying a day at Quarr Abbey on the Isle of Wight in June 2015
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  RAB ramblers walking threw a barley field June 2016

More about us plus contact details

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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Latest News

Celebration Cake at Caversham Court

Thank you cake made by Suzanne Weston – Craft TutorA celebration Pimm’s and Afternoon Tea was arranged by Reading Association for the Blind to thank its volunteers and trustees for all their support and hard work over the past year. Over 40 volunteers, trustees and staff enjoyed the afternoon spent in the beautiful gardens of Caversham Court by the River Thames on Friday 2 September 2016. Bunting and balloons decorated the gazebo which sheltered a superb array of savoury food, Eton mess and a celebration cake! Suzanne Weston, Craft Tutor, kindly made the ‘thank you’ cake and Wendy Whitehead, Visiting Officer, arranged the flower displays in the garden troughs which had been made by service users who attend Walford Hall Day Centre, in Carey Street, Reading.

Chimene Fitzgibbon, William Kennedy, Suzanne Weston, Brian Wigham and Robert O’Neill, about to cut the cake made by SuzanneBob Bristow, Chairman, said it was lovely to be able to thank the trustees and volunteers for all their help over the past year in providing services to sight impaired people in Reading.

A raffle was held for all to enjoy and raise funds for the Association, and Maria Page, Community Champion at Tesco Reading West, in Portman Road, had kindly arranged for the raffle prizes to be donated. Marion Haynes, Community Fundraiser said “It was lovely to have support from Caversham Court and Tesco Reading West to make the party such a success. 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 funder1@raftb.org

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 funder1@raftb.org

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
Reading
RG1 7JS
Phone: 0118 957 2960
E-mail: manager@raftb.org

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

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