Reading Association for the Blind

Supporting visually impaired people of Reading since 1883

We are a charitable association offering services to the visually impaired in Reading Berkshire UK.

photo of RAB members
A group from Young at Heart enjoying lunch out at the Goring and Streatley Golf Club

ramblers in wood 2019Photo featuring Tony with Jane, followed by Liz with Lisa and Hillary and behind them the main group


RAB's Young at Heart Groups

Ramblers Group

RAB ramblers walking up hill near Peppard common The ramblers meet on alternate Mondays, whatever the weather, for most of the year except two weeks around Christmas & Easter, there is also a break for most of August due to people being on holiday. They use the Association’s minibuses to go into the country for walks which go to different areas of the county & hence a variety of scenery. It also always includes a pub lunch which allows for time to catch up on the local chat. You can find the present rambling dates here

RAB's bowls team news

RAB's bowl's team played Reading FC captain Paul McShane at bowls

Members of Reading Association for the Blind’s Bowls Group were delighted to play a match against Paul McShane, Captain of Reading FC and former players from Reading FC, including Mick Gooding, on Wednesday, 27 March.

The match was played at Rivermead Indoor Bowls Centre in Reading, and guide dogs were left to watch the play whilst their owners concentrated on the task in hand. Reading FC have produced this You Tube Video which shows an afternoon’s match which was enjoyed by all. After the match, tea, sandwiches and cakes were provided and allowed everyone to chat about the skills of both footballers and bowls players.

Reading FC Former Players Association have supported RAB over the past year by making them their Charity of the Year, and members were delighted to have the continued support of Reading FC at this exciting match.

Young At Heart

Trip to see the snowdrops at Welford Park, 27 February

Thank you to all who came along and I hope you will agree we had a wonderful day. We certainly picked the right day with the warm sun shining . Can you believe we sat outside in the courtyard and enjoyed our refreshments and where we could all relax and chat as a group. It was such a nice way to enjoy an afternoon.

I would like to thank Michael, Angelo, Emmanuel, Chris and Evelyn for their help and in making the day such a success.

A trip to Winchester Christmas Market

In November we enjoyed a trip to Winchester Christmas Market. The minibus was fully decorated with tinsel and paper chains that were made by the members. the Christmas music was playing and we were adorned with festive antlers and Santa hats. to get us in the mood.

We all had a lovely day. The Christmas Market was very good, with a wide choice of items and gifts, within the beautiful setting of the Cathedral Square.

We found it a great way to start the festive period...

Trip to the hexagon theatre

On 1st of December a group of 30 members had an evening out at the Hexagon theatre to see The Salvation Army Christmas Carol Concert with a performance from Calcot Primary School

Many of the members have since commented on how much they enjoyed the evening. It was so nice to all meet up and have a nice social evening together.

May I thank all the volunteers who very kindly helped on the evening.

MembersOfTheYoungAtHeartEnjoyingA DayAtQuarrAbbeyOnTheIsleOfWight2015The Young at Heart group has been going since February 2009 and members have had great fun doing all sorts of activities. If you feel ‘Young At Heart’ and you think you can help yourself and others achieve something that maybe you think you cannot do because of sight loss then come and join in. The group meets fortnightly doing a range of activities and visits/day trips, in the past they have gone Horse Racing at Towcester, a Canal Boat trip, visited Gosport Naval Docks and done a Dembie's wine tour. To see what they are doing in the next few months go to Events diary

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