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New Team Members

We are thrilled to announce two new team members joining our fundraising team. Nathan Tree was the first to join us from a previous career in campaigns and development management and we can’t wait to see how he applies his skills to this position. He has recently spent time working for a charity in Australia and achieved some really great things. Nathan’s normal working days will be a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Nathan says: “I am very excited to be working at OAB. Having used the services myself and getting to know everyone it feels like a great fit. I am passionate about helping others and hope to achieve some great results going forward. I also have a keen interest in fitness events and am always looking for guides and training partners. If you would be interested, please get in touch.”

Laura says: “Nathan is full of enthusiasm already and ideas and I am sure he will charm and inspire our supporters. He is a great advocate of our work and he tells a very powerful story about what OAB has done to help him turn his life around, following his own sight loss. He is really keen to meet you all so please do say hello to Nathan when you are next at OAB.”

Rosia Curtis is the second new team member to join us and her normal working days will be Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Rosia will be focusing on making applications to charitable trusts. She is a highly skilled writer and has been working in a trust fundraising role for another local charity. We will include more details about Rosia next time.


OXVIC (Oxford Visually Impaired Club)

We are a group of older people who meet fortnightly. We have a variety of activities: speakers; the police and the natural history museum; quizzes; knowing me knowing you sessions; and trips out for lunch, visits and our Christmas meal.

On Tuesday we went to Chalgrove church to see the 11th century building with beautiful fresco paintings, amazing carvings and beautiful tapestry kneelers. We were made most welcome by the church, who are in the process of making all the church accessible for the visually impaired. They have transferred many of the images onto 3D swell paper so the images can be felt. In addition they have an audio described tour of the church itself. This church is stunning and well worth a visit.

One of our group remarked “this will be a special memory for a long time”. Thanks to Chalgrove scouts who helped with the transport and our convivial driver who helped us get on and off the minibus. A great day out was had by all. In the New Year we hope to have a session on magnetic bead making, safety and first aid in the home, as well as a further museum tour. For more information, please contact Mark.

We’re a very friendly group who have lots of laughs, fun and friendship.

Ali Carre.