Providing support and social activities for people living with sight loss 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


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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.

We are re-opening our Walford Hall Club in Carey Street

The Club provides a safe much needed social environment for our Members to chat with friends, have a bite to eat and do activities such as craft, gardening, games etc.

We are looking for Volunteers to help at the Club, there are a range of tasks available to help the Club run smoothly and people enjoy. From a bit of washing up, food prep, helping with Teas & Coffees, helping on the Minibus, helping Members access the activities on offer, helping guide people, to getting to know our Members, have a bit of chat and fun.

The Clubs run every Tuesday & Fridays. We are looking for volunteers who can help anytime between 8.30-3pm on those days. We would be very grateful for volunteering from a few hours or more for either or both days.

If you can help or know of anyone that would be interested, Please contact Hannah on 07990 814233 or E-Mail Hannah for more information.

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

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Latest News

Wing Walk

photo of Tony and Bob with guide dog Hesta Two of our members, Tony Lawton & Bob Bristow (Chair: of trustees) RAB, are bracing themselves to fund raise for RAB, they are planning to stand on top of a wing of a 1940’s Super Boeing Stearmans biplane, where they will be taken up into the sky flying up to 600 feet and speeds of 135MPH, the photo is of Tony (left) and Bob (right).
We are very proud of them for this effort to raise funds for RAB so if you wish to give them more encouragement please go to Virgin money giving click on the make a donation link , where you can give an donation, please label your donation "Wing Walk".
The event did take place on August 11th, the weather was good so now you can use the links below to see both Bob's & Tony's wing walks

You can also read Tony's story and now take a look at Tony's Tony's wing walk
then follow it by looking at Bob's loop the loop flight here
and also read about the flights they took at: Go Wingwalking-UK

Videos produced by Martin Aust

RAB Ramblers Return

RAB Ramblers walking down a gently sloping field in spring sunshine with a guide dog running along side,the volunteer guides are wearing High Vis vests   RAB’s Rambling Club resumed on the 24th May. To ensure the club is Covid-safe we made a few changes, including providing an extra minibus, also requiring social distancing and ramblers and volunteers to wear face masks on the minibuses, plus ensuring that all of our staff and volunteers take a lateral flow Covid test and report a negative result before each ramble, and asking our visually-impaired club members to complete a health questionnaire before each ramble.

Pre-Covid ramblers will be contacted by RAB to offer places on the rambles. If you would like to join the Rambling Club please contact Ramblers or ask your Outreach Worker or Virtual Activity organiser to be added to the waiting list.

RAB members are delighted with their new hi-vis jackets

photo of ramblers wearing hi-vis jackets On the 9th December 2019 RAB ramblers had their first outing using their new hi-vis jackets which were donated by Reading Lions, a lovely ramble along footpaths through woods & along lanes which was then followed by lunch at the Butchers Arms. Martin our driver, an excellent photographer, took the photo of The ramblers as they pass a junction on a narrow lane wearing their new hi-vis jackets and you can see how they will make us more visible as we walk down narrow lanes especially in poor light, although this particular day we were lucky and the sun shone for us.

We also had feedback from some of the members and volunteers who helped on a recent outing to walk around Winchester Christmas Market. Not only did the jackets help our group be seen, but several of them were asked by members of the public, if they required any assistance. So the jackets are not only highlighting our members presence on the roads, increasing their safety, but working with local communities too. Everyone says how much safer they feel and we are extremely grateful to Reading Lions for their continued support.

Outing to Thatcham Ten Pin Bowling

Out and About

On 30th October 2019, 14 of us along with our driver Trevor went to Lakeside Super Bowl at Thatcham, we booked for 2 fames and split up into 2 teams using 2 adjoining lanes we had 2 completely Blind members along with 1 Guide dog and 2 helpers who kept an eye out to alert us when it was our turn we all had a really good time and everyone has requested a further visit which I will arrange in the New Year. My thanks go out to Cynthia and Jan for help on the day and for Trevor for taking us also Claire for her help at the hall.
      Julia Canham

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.

Our grateful thanks to the following for their generous support

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Our faulty lights were replace by Koltrane Lighting

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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