We design our activities to support you to live life to the full and continue to do the things you enjoy. We hope you also find new interests or things to get involved in.
As part of our commitment to supporting people with sight loss through the Coronavirus Pandemic we have waived our membership requirement for attending virtual activities, and all our virtual activities are free of charge.
The ideas for our activities come from our members, and many of our clubs are run by volunteers who are living with sight loss themselves. If there’s something that you would enjoy that we don’t offer then let us know: we are always looking for new ideas.
If you want to attend our clubs you will need to become a member of RAB. Membership is open to anyone living with sight loss and costs £5 a year. This also entitles you to receive a physical copy of our newsletter and vote in our Annual General Meeting.
Our clubs are subsidised and charge a nominal session cost of £5. The charge for “Out and About” activities varies to reflect the cost of the activity.
To find out more about membership or our clubs please contact us.
Please do not attend any of our in-person clubs if you or anyone in your household is showing symptoms of Covid or has had a positive Covid test.
Now that our in-person clubs are resuming we have scaled back out virtual activities, but we will be running some of our most popular sessions over the summer. These sessions are free to people living with sight loss in Reading Borough and you do not need to join RAB to attend. All these sessions can be joined using a landline phone. Contact us to find out more.
We also have a telephone befriending service running as we are all spending a lot more time at home, and this can be lonely and challenging.
Walford Hall Club
We have two weekly clubs that run on a Tuesday and Friday from 10:30am to 1pm in Walford Hall.
These clubs offer an opportunity to come to the Hall to spend time and make friends with other people living with sight loss. Each week there are a range of activities to participate in, such as craft, board games and a quiz. We also have volunteers who can help with IT problems in IT corner, which is equipped with a screen reader, PC, iPad and a smart speaker.
Our kitchen has some talking equipment which enables us to do some food related activities. We have a closed off garden where you can try and get some green fingers.
We also hold themed sessions and design these, and new activities, in response to suggestions from club members. We are always looking for new ideas!
A member of the Outreach team is also on-site during these clubs and you can take advantage of their library of audiobooks and some sight loss friendly games; or talk to them if you need some assistance.
Free transport to and from the Hall is provided based on need and availability. The waiting list for transport is longer than the waiting list for the club itself so members who can make their own way to and from the club are encouraged to do so. Members can purchase our home-made lunch or bring food from home.
Please note that due to waiting lists and transport restrictions, members are allocated to either the Tuesday or Friday club.
Session cost: £5 (includes tea or coffee, biscuits, and all craft materials)
Lunch cost: £3 (Home-made soup of the day and a filled roll)
Payments are taken on the day at the start of the session. Card payment preferred.
Our rambling club was set up nearly 30 years ago by a member who missed being able to go for country walks. Every other week, weather permitting, our visually impaired members and sighted volunteers enjoy a hike followed by a pub lunch.
The meeting place for rambling is Walford Hall. We then provide transport from the Hall to the starting place for the ramble and eventually back to the Hall.
This activity includes a lot of walking and some hikes will require you to be be guided over a stile. You should be prepared for changes in the weather and bring drinking water.
This is a free activity but many of our visually impaired ramblers choose make a donation towards the costs RAB incurs in running it. Our suggested donation is the standard RAB activity fee of £5 a session.
Please contact us if you would like to join the club.
Lawn Bowls Club
Our bowls team meet weekly year round to practice and enjoy matches against other teams each summer. No experience necessary! Contact us
Social Club – Resuming Autumn 2021
Our monthly Social Club is based at Walford Hall. This is a different type of social event with a chance to meet other visually impaired people at an event; such as a talk or some kind of entertainment. Refreshments are available.
We’re always looking for new entertainers or speakers for our social club so if you think our members would enjoy hearing from you contact us and let us know.
Out and About – Resuming Autumn 2021
Out and about is a monthly trip with transport and sighted guides provided where necessary.
We have gone boating on the river, visited museums, and “shopped ‘til we dropped” at the Winchester Christmas Market.
Our members help decide where we go on these trips and we are always looking for suggestions. These occasions are also great for our volunteers as they get to share in the joy of exploration.