Contact Us

[audio:|titles=[ Contact Us ]

OAB OfficesOAB Helpline: 01865 725595

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 9am to 4pm

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind
Bradbury Lodge
Gordon Woodward Way
Oxford  OX1 4XL




African Drumming

For visually impaired children and adults. These workshops will look at posture, hand placements, jamming, African and Caribbean history and reggae rhythms.


When: Tuesday 14th February 2017

Time:  Children’s workshop: 10am – 12pm (for ages 7+)

    Adult’s workshop: 1pm – 3pm

Where: Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, Bradbury Lodge, Gordon Woodward Way, Abingdon Road, Oxford, OX1 4XL

Cost: free but donations welcome

No musical experience needed. Drums provided.

Tutor: Natty Mark (founder of the African School:

To book a place on the children’s workshop please contact Angela on 01865 725595 or email

To book a place on the adults workshop please contact Guy Lawfull on 07833053656 or email

New Audio Book Club at OAB

OAB Audio Book ClubOxfordshire Association for the Blind invites you to join their new Audio Book Club.

If you enjoy reading but find accessing print difficult you may like to come along to our new audio book club at OAB.

When: The last Wednesday of every month.

Time: 11am until 12.30pm.

Where: Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, Bradbury Lodge, Gordon Woodward Way, Oxford, OX1 4XL.

Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to come along, please contact Angela on 01865 725595 or email

We hope to see you there!

Congratulations to Bike Oxford Team

Congratulations to all members of the OAB team who took part in this year’s Bike Oxford on Sunday 13th September.

The weather was kind, the event was a great success and all our riders successfully completed either 20 or 50 miles around the Oxfordshire countryside, whilst raising funds to support our work.

Two sets of riders rode tandem, including Alan Howell who is visually impaired.

We are keen to take part again next year and recruit more riders. If you are interested in taking part then please contact us on 01865 725595 or email and we will add you to our list for 2016.

For more information and updates on the event itself please visit

Bike Oxford

Bike Oxford 2018 

We are keen to take part again in 2018. This year’s events will take place on Sunday 20th May. If you are interested in taking part then please contact us on 01865 725595 or email and we will provide you with more information on how you can become part of our team.

Please also visit for route details and rider information.




Access Keys

Available Access Keys:

  • 0 – Home Page
  • 1 – Search Page
  • 2 – Skip to Main Content
  • 3 – Jump to Top of Page
  • 4 – Helping You
  • 5 – Helping OAB
  • 6 – News and Events
  • 7 – Contact Us
  • 8 – Newletter
  • 9 – Sitemap


Web Browser Modifier Effect Notes
Amaya ^ Ctrl or Alt Adjustable in preferences
Blazer None Element is activated immediately upon key press. No modifier is needed for this web browser used on mobile devices.
Camino ^ Ctrl
Chrome Alt on Windows, FreeBSD, and Linux (Note: Alt+ Shift is required in some circumstances)^ Ctrl + Opt on Mac Supported in versions of Chrome >2.x
Firefox Alt+ Shift on Windows, FreeBSD and Linux^ Ctrl on Mac (up to v14.0)
^ Ctrl+ Opt on Mac (v14.0.1 and higher)
Prior to version 2, Firefox used just Alt;
configurable via
Internet Explorer Alt Prior to IE8, Alt + Access Key focused on the element, but required Enter to be pressed in order to activate the element. This is still the case for hyperlinks in version 9. Alt+D cannot be used as an access key in IE 7 or above.
Konqueror ^ Ctrl The modifier key must be released before the regular key is pressed.
Opera None ( Shift+ Esc) must be pressed before The modifier key must be released before the regular key is pressed. Once the modifier key is released, browser lists the set of access keys on that page with action and user can hit the desired key. Configurable via Graphical user interface
Safari 3 ^ Ctrl for Mac Alt for Windows
Safari 4 and higher ^ Ctrl+ Opt on Mac Alt on Windows




Local Support Groups

[audio:|titles=[ Newsletter Mailing List ]

OXVIC Group membersThere are a number of other groups and societies for people with a visual impairment across Oxfordshire.  Most of them run as a place to meet, share a coffee, tea, and a chat.  Others are craft based, while a few organise regular activities or outings.

There is a meeting group specifically for younger people with a visual impairment, and another that exists for children with a visual impairment and their parents and guardians.

OAB works to support each of these groups as best we can; some of these groups are run directly by OAB.  We would welcome any calls from people who would like to volunteer to help with an existing group, or even to set up a new one.

Below is a list of local groups:

Abingdon & District Macular Group – 01235 531857.

ActivEyes – a group for active visually impaired people from across Oxfordshire. The group would be pleased to meet anyone who wishes to attend and suggestions for future activities are always welcome. Contact for more details.

Banbury Macular Group – meet on the second Thursday of every month from 2-4pm at Banbury Methodist Church, Marlborough Road, Banbury OX16 5BZ.  Please conatct 01608 685293.

Banbury Society for the Visually Impaired – 01295 269568.

Carterton Group – 01865 725595.

Chipping Norton Friends of the Blind – 01608 810899.

Didcot / Wallingford Visually Impaired Group – 01235 813391.

Goring Macular Group – 01865 725595.

Henley Visually Impaired Group – 01491 628284.

Kidlington Macular Group – 01865 376482 or 01865 373104.

LOOK Oxfordshire – support for families of visually impaired children. 01189 722322.

Oxford Macular Group – 01993 811084.

‘OXVIC‘ – Oxford Visually Impaired Club – 01865 725595.

The Oxfordshire Sports Partnership – Sports for people with disabilities. 01865 252661.

Thame & District Society for the Visually Impaired – 01844 212983.

‘VIBNO’ – Visually Impaired But Not Old!  A group for the 18 – 50 age group in Oxfordshire to meet socially and have fun.  Call 01869 331778.

Witney Area Visually Impaired Group – 01865 725595.

Witney Macular Group – 01993 771828.

Wantage Blind Social Club – Meet on the second Saturday of each month from February to December at the Wantage Day Centre from 3 – 5pm.  Transport is available.  For more information please call 01235 765849.

Skydive for the Blind

Skydive for the Blind

Teresa Burnage from Drayton, near Abingdon, and her daughter, Jasmine, undertook a Tandem Skydive on 24 July to raise funds for OAB.

Teresa and Jasmine did their jumps at Hinton airfield, near Banbury, jumping from 13,000 ft and reaching speeds of up to 130 mph on descent!

Teresa, who has a visual impairment,  was pleased to have done the jump, but took a full 24 hours to recover.  Jasmine, meanwhile, upon landing immediately asked if she could do it again!

Teresa takes up the story:

Leaving the plane

“We had perfect weather on the day and all our nervousness disappeared as soon as we donned our jumpsuits. The instructors were fantastic and kept us calm throughout. The flight, jump and landing went without a hitch and the views were amazing!

Unfortunately, although my daughter came away wanting to do it again, I was rather ill afterwards – it was all in a good cause though, and worth the suffering!

Skydiving for OAB!On behalf of myself and my daughter I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated towards our skydive, raising funds for OAB”.

At OAB we are delighted that Teresa and Jasmine have gone to such lengths to support us.  They raised a magnificent £1,250, plus Gift Aid, which is a wonderful contribution to help our work with blind and partially sighted people across Oxfordshire. The money will be used to support the work we do with our groups for visually impaired people across the county.

It also demonstrates that visual impairment need not be a barrier to a very active (and adventurous) life.

To find out more about taking part in a Skydive for OAB, contact our Fundraising Team on 01865 725595 or at

OAB Online Privacy Policy


We respect your right to privacy. This Privacy Policy sets out details of the information that we may collect from you and how we may use that information. Please read this Privacy Policy carefully.


1. About Us

2. Collection of Information

3. What we Collect

4. Use of Your Information

5. What we do with the information we gather

6. Storage of Information

7. Legal Basis for Processing Your Information

8. Disclosure of Your Information

9. Data Retention

10. Your Rights

11. Children

12. Cookies

13. Updating this Privacy Policy

14. Contacting Us

1. About Us

In this Privacy Policy, references to “we” or “us” or “OAB” are to Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, is registered as a charity in England and Wales No.1140556 and as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales No. 07465300. Registered office address: Bradbury Lodge, Gordon Woodward Way, Abingdon Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4XL, who will be the controller of any personal data processed as described in this Privacy Policy.

If you have any questions about your personal information, please contact OAB.

2. Collection of Information

When you access the Website via any means, we may collect, store and use certain of your personal information in line with this policy. We may also ask you for information when you report a problem with the Website or communicate with us about any services provided by OAB.

We may also collect data relating to your visits to the Website that cannot identify you but records your use of our Website including, for example, details of how long you have used the Website for.

We may also collect your computer’s IP address in order to help us tailor the service to your location.

We may receive and store information about you from third parties (such as Social Services, medical professionals) who are legally entitled to disclose that information.

3. What we Collect

We may collect the following information:

  • Name

  • Contact information including postal address, telephone number(s) and email address

  • Details of your registration (if you are registered Sight Impaired or Severely Sight Impaired)

  • Demographic information including age, gender, details of health conditions and domestic living arrangements

  • Other information relevant to OAB’s services and activities

4. Use of Your Information

By interacting with OAB by any means, you agree that your personal information may be collected, stored and used by us for any of the following purposes:

  • to provide, maintain, protect and improve the quality of the information and services we provide, including by conducting anonymised market research, and to protect us and our users

  • to provide you with a personalised browsing experience when using the Website

  • to fulfil any contractual agreements between you and us

  • to tailor our advertising on social media to your use of the Website

  • to allow you to use the full range of features on or via our Website

  • to send you email notifications and updates about our services

  • to comply with legal and regulatory requirements

  • to contact you occasionally in order to invite you to share your opinions and experiences of OAB

5. What we do with the information we gather

We require this information to understand your needs and provide you with better services and advice, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping

  • Improvement of OAB services

  • To send / email you the official OAB Newsletter or other information which we think you may find interesting and/ or useful

  • We may also use the information to customise the website according to user’s interests

  • We may use your email address to send you updates about our Services.

You can control all of your contact preferences by contacting OAB (see section 14).

6. Storage of Information

All information is stored either on our secure servers or fully secured cloud storage

In addition, we (or third parties acting on our behalf) may also store or process information that we collect about you in countries outside the EU, which may have lower standards of data protection. We have put in place technical and organisational security measures to prevent the loss or unauthorised access of your personal information. However, whilst we have used our best efforts to ensure the security of your data, please be aware that we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted over the Internet.

7. Legal Basis for Processing Your Information

Our legal basis for collecting and using the personal information described above will depend on the personal information concerned and the specific context in which we collect it.

However, we will normally collect personal information from you only (i) where we have your consent to do so, (ii) where we need the personal information to perform a contract with you, or (iii) where the processing is in our legitimate interests and not overridden by your rights. In some cases, we may also have a legal obligation to collect personal information from you.

If we ask you to provide personal information to comply with a legal requirement or to perform a contract with you, we will make this clear at the relevant time and advise you whether the provision of your personal information is mandatory or not (as well as the possible consequences if you do not provide your information).

Similarly, if we collect and use your personal information in reliance on our legitimate interests (or those of any third party), we will make clear to you at the relevant time what those legitimate interests are.

8. Disclosure of Your Information

We may, with your consent, disclose your personal information to third parties when permitted by law including:

  • Our suppliers in order for them to help us provide our services to you

  • Our provider of customer relationship management services (which allows us, for example, to send personalised email communications to you)

  • Our provider of file storage and management services if you email us directly

  • Our payment services provider when you make a purchase to process your payment

These suppliers’ use of your personal data may be subject to their own privacy policies, which are available on their websites, and which we suggest you familiarise yourself with in the relevant circumstances set out above.

If we sell or buy any business or assets, in which case we may disclose your information to the prospective seller or buyer of such business or assets, provided that they continue to use your information substantially in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy.

If all, or substantially all of our assets, are acquired by a third party provided that they continue to use your information substantially in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy, in which case information held by us will be one of the transferred assets.

If we are under a duty to disclose or share your information in order to comply with any legal obligation, or in order to enforce or apply our Terms and other agreements; or to protect our rights, property, or safety, our users, or others. This includes exchanging information with other companies and organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction.

9. Data Retention

We retain personal information we collect from you where we have an ongoing legitimate organisational need to do so (for example, to provide you with a service you have requested or to comply with applicable legal, tax or accounting requirements).

When we have no ongoing legitimate organisational need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymise it or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

10. Your Rights

You have the following data protection rights:

You can edit your personal details whenever you wish by contacting OAB (see section 14). We maintain a procedure in order to help you confirm that your personal information remains correct and up-to-date or choose whether or not you wish to receive material from us or some of our partners.

In addition, you can object to processing of your personal information, ask us to restrict processing of your personal information or request portability of your personal information. Again, you can exercise these rights by contacting us using the contact details provided under the “Contacting OAB” heading below.

You may unsubscribe from certain email communications by replying to the email with the word “Unsubscribe” in the main body of your reply. You may also email us at in order to access, correct, delete or update your personal information on our systems. We will answer every email as promptly as possible.

Similarly, if we have collected and process your personal information on the basis of your consent, then you can withdraw your consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent will not affect the lawfulness of any processing we conducted prior to your withdrawal, nor will it affect processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.

If you have any privacy-related questions or unresolved problems, you may contact us using the information provided at the end of this document.

If we cannot resolve any issues that you may have, you have the right to complain to a data protection authority about our collection and use of your personal information. For more information, please contact the information Commissioner’s Office (

The Website may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of third parties. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal information to these websites.

11. Children

We strongly believe in protecting the privacy of children. However, we do collect and maintain personal information from persons under 18 years of age in order to provide services to that person, but only with their consent and the consent of their parent/ guardian. This does not affect their rights regarding our use of personal data,

12. Cookies

The Website uses cookies. Cookies are small files stored on your computer’s hard drive which are used to collect your personal information. You may choose to refuse cookies but, if you do so, some of the functionality of the Website may no longer be available to you.

13. Updating this Privacy Policy

We may update or amend this Privacy Policy from time to time, to comply with law or to meet our changing organisational requirements. When we update our Privacy Policy, we will take appropriate measures to inform you, consistent with the significance of the changes we make. Any updates or amendments will be posted on the Website. By continuing to access the Website, your access and use will be subject to these updates and amendments.

14. Contacting Us

If you have any questions, comments or complaints about this Privacy Policy, please contact us using the details below:

By email:

By phone: 01865 725595

By post: Oxfordshire Association for the Blind, Bradbury Lodge, Gordon Woodward Way, Oxford, OX1 5XL


Date of publication: 12/12/2018

Become a Member

[audio:|titles=[ Membership ]

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.