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Being a member is a great way for people to support OAB and be part of an organisation that strives to improve the lives of sight impaired people. Each member has the right to vote at our AGM, helping to shape the future of the charity.

You do not have to be a member in order to receive our help.

However, having a membership scheme does make OAB stronger and gives us a guaranteed income each year.

You will find a membership form enclosed, along with a standing order form and a gift aid form with a return envelope.

There are 2 types of membership:

–  An annual membership of £10 a year

– A, one off, life time membership of £250.

You can pay in a variety of ways. If you’d like to talk this through with us, please don’t hesitate to call. And thank you: we much appreciate your support.


Reporting on rotating cones

If you find a rotating cone is not working at a pedestrian crossing call 01865 815775 to report it.

What is a rotating cone?

Give us a call to find out more.


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Colin Cure

It’s behind you!

Funnily enough, that was about the only cliché that was not used in the Pantomime that we arranged an outing to in late December. There were plenty of cheers and boos and sing-along. The children certainly had a great time and, I think, the adults did too.

I enjoyed that and the several Christmas lunches that I was kindly invited to by some of our groups for sight impaired people. Once again, it was lovely to see the group members enjoying the festive cheer. Our groups provide a very warm friendly atmosphere and are particularly welcoming to new members. There is a group in most areas of the county, so, if you are interested in seeing whether it would suit you, please do give us a call.

I do hope that you had a good Christmas and New Year. I’d like to begin the year, by asking those of you who are not already members of OAB to please consider joining. You can find out more about OAB membership on page 9 of this newsletter. As I mentioned in the last newsletter, this year we are looking into a suitable change of name – one that expresses clearly that we are there for anyone who has a sight impairment and not just people who are registered blind.

We’ve received a lot of support for the idea and are keen to continue to seek people’s opinions. If you would like to contribute to the discussion, could you please join us on Monday 19th March at 11am to 12.30pm here at OAB. Tea and biscuits will be available.

I’d like to sign off by thanking everyone who gave their kind help to us last year. Your support for our Christmas Appeal was marvellous, raising over £4,000 in total. We know that without the support of so many people, we could not provide the services that we do.

With best wishes, Colin.

Become a Member

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OAB Volunteer AmbassadorBeing a member is an ideal way for individuals to support Oxfordshire Association for the Blind.  Each member also has the right to vote at our AGM, helping to shape the future of the charity.

You do not have to be a member in order to receive our help.  However, having a membership scheme does make OAB stronger as an organisation and able to work more effectively – it gives us a much louder voice when campaigning on behalf of local blind and partially sighted people, for example.

Becoming a member costs just £10 annually, or £1 per month as a standing order donation.   In recognition of our appreciation, all members will receive a pin badge when they join, a membership card each year and priority invitations to our events. 

Life membership, at a one-off cost of £250, is the largest level of membership commitment that can be made.  By becoming a life member you are making an important financial contribution to our work, investing in the future provision of opportunities for visually impaired people across Oxfordshire.  All Life Members receive an exclusive gold pin badge in addition to all the benefits of being a member.

To become a member please download our membership form here: OAB Membership APPLICATION FORM  or contact us.

Helping OAB

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Wood Farm Primary SchoolThere are many ways that you can support us, whether it be by making a donationbecoming a member, taking part in an event or volunteering.

You may also like to consider leaving a legacy to OAB, to help our work in the future, or  to make a gift in memory of a loved one, in recognition of the support they received from OAB.

We are only able to provide the services we do because of the donations we receive, so you can be sure that any money raised, or time given, will make a real difference.

Whether you choose to support us as an individual, with friends, or at work, your help will enable us to give blind and partially sighted people across Oxfordshire life-enhancing opportunities every single day, allowing them to continue to live independently for as long as they wish.