Reading Association for the Blind

Telephone befriending at Reading Association for the Blind (RAB) is a way to connect an isolated person with sight loss to the outside world. Your weekly telephone calls will help them feel valued, listened to and give them the opportunity to tell you how they are feeling. We need you to make regular calls to an older or vulnerable person who, due to COVID-19, is particularly isolated and unable to do the things they would normally do. This can have a negative impact on their physical and mental wellbeing, even for a short period of time.

Information for volunteers

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.


Reading Association For The Blind
Walford Hall
Carey Street

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