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



Visiting Services

photo ofVisitingOfficers Our Visiting Officers go to the homes of those who are less mobile or housebound. They offer a befriending service and practical help with all aspects of maintaining an independent life. They work in close association with members of Social Services and the Visual Impairment Team. Contact with them can be made through the office at Walford Hall.

We have three part-time Visiting Officers who cover Caversham, Tilehurst and Central and South Reading. Although the Visitors are not Social Workers their wealth of knowledge is found invaluable by members and their families. They maintain contact with members on a regular basis, either by telephone or by visiting in their own home, even if at a nursing home, at sheltered housing or in hospital.

The visits can be requested directly by the registered person, a family member, a friend, District Nurse or Reading Community Services.

IT Suite

Learning Basics in the I T Suite The Mayor of Reading, Councillor Gul Khan, officially opened our IT Suite on 25 March 2011. The IT Suite comprises computer terminals and workstations with Visual Enhancement software such as screen magnification or talking Screen Reader software both designed for vision impaired people. here they can learn how to use this technology so enabling them to use emails & or shop on line. A 4-week introduction to computing is also available by waiting list and the IT Suite may also be used by visually impaired members as an Internet Cafe by appointment.

You can read about the IT courses and times here or Down load a RTF document version here

The IT Suite and Audio Resources Centre is funded by kind donations from Foster Wheeler Fund (which is managed by Berkshire Community Foundation) and The Sobell Trust. The carpentry was carried out splendidly by local carpenter Tom Miller of Lower Earley
The decoration was again splendidly carried out by Steve Faulkner of Mortimer (07712 383826).

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