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Colin Cure

What’s in a name?

Quite a bit, I hear you say. I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in our endeavours to find a new name for the charity. As I mentioned before, our present name has served us well over many years and now, after consultation with many members and other interested parties, we are looking to move forward with a new name that emphasises that we are there for all people with a sight impairment. We’ve had lots of great suggestions and offers of help with the re-branding which goes with the process. We’ve also had generous sponsorship from Morgan’s Optometrists in Kidlington for a new video about our services.

Altogether, we’re trying to be as accessible and available to as many people as possible. At the time of writing we’re still considering all of the great suggestions and looking into the processes that we have to undertake to make the change. On a sad note, I have to report that Ellie Pearce, our excellent Volunteer Coordinator and Children, Young People and Families Worker has departed for pastures new. We are most grateful for all Ellie’s hard work for us and wish her every success in her new role.

We are pleased, however, to welcome Laura Finnis, who is taking up the role of Children, Young People and Families Worker. Laura brings with her a wealth of experience of working with younger people and I know that she is keen to get started with a range of exciting activities.

I’d also like to congratulate Judith Wood, our Counsellor and Senior Sight Advisor. Judith has reached the top three in the BBC Radio 4 “All in the Mind” Series Awards. The awards recognise outstanding contribution towards helping people through major emotional difficulties. Well done, Judith. This recognition is much deserved.

As many of you will know, Judith has worked very closely with the Oxford Eye Hospital, including more recently Consultant Ophthalmologist Gurjeet Jutley. Gurjeet has kindly agreed to do a series of talks at O A B about eye conditions. Gurjeet is also kindly raising funds for us by doing the gruelling 3 Peaks Challenge. There are details further on in this newsletter about both these items.

Finally, I’d like to thank all those of you who kindly renewed or took out membership of O A B recently. That is a great help to us. Welcome to the Association. If you have not joined or renewed recently and would like to do so, please give us a call. We’d be delighted to speak with you.

I hope you have a great Summer.

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.