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 lunch out at the Goring and Streatley Golf Club in October 2014
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  RAB sight impaired person with his guide walking through woods June 2016

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Arts & Craft

Arts & Handicrafts Clubs

photo of a RAB member is fabric printing On Tuesdays and Fridays at Walford Hall between 10:00 & 14:00, members are offered the opportunity to take part in a variety of crafts, except two weeks around Christmas & Easter, it is also closed for most of August, due to staff and volunteers holidays.
(Picture) A RAB member fabric printing an apron using a stencil, sponge and brightly coloured fabric paint

photo of Two members sitting at a table decoupage a footstool The programme is prepared with people of different abilities in mind so Over the past year we have used a number of techniques to make items either for personal use, for sale or to decorate the hall or items to use and make our garden more pleasant to use.
(Picture) Two RAB members decoupaging a footstool.

These techniques include
a visually impaired person creating a sun catcher
A member of staff is helping a visually impaired person to create a 'sun catcher' They are using permanent pens to colour the shapes which will then be hung at a window for the light to shine through
mosaic picture
This mosaic picture measures 1.5m X 80cm and depicts a river running through a field and wood. There are fish in the river. The sun is peeping out from behind a cloud in a blue sky
Two members sitting at a table creating the mosaic picture
Two members are sticking mosaic tiles to a large board following a painted outline of a design creating the mosaic picture which is now hanging on the wall in the sensory garden

picture of the sensory garden We have planted bulbs and sown seeds in the sensory garden, made coasters, table mats, some of which we sale in our fairs we hold to help raise funds, plus adding some of our own artwork such as painted pebbles and wall art which makes the garden a very pleasant place for our members to sit in the summer.
(picture) A winter view of the sensory garden looking back towards the door & archway with the river mosaic on the wall.

Book Club

The book club takes place during the Friday clubs sessions where a short story is read and then discussed in our reading room, this is proving to be very popular with our members.

Transport & Cost for these sessions

Regular transport to and from the club may be provided by minibus which can also accommodate a wheelchair. Alternatively members can arrange their own way to and from the hall. Cost are £3.00 per a session, coffee/Tea is 25p per cup, filled rolls served for lunch are 70p each and soup (winter only) 50p.

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