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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.




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Local Support Groups

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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

This privacy policy sets out how the Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) uses and protects any information that you give to OAB when you use this website.

OAB is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified when using this website; you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement.

OAB may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy is effective from July 2013.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • Name
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What we do with the information we gather

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

  • Internal record keeping.
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  • We may periodically send / email you about the official OAB Newsletters or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided. This is only sent if you have consented to this.
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We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

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You may choose to restrict the use of your personal information in the following way:

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We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties as required by law. All information received by OAB will be held in strictest confidence and is not disclosed to any party whatsoever for any reason.

You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1988. A small fee maybe payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please write to OAB. If you believe that any information we hold on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write or email us as soon as possible. We will promptly correct any information found to be incorrect.

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind

Bradbury Lodge,
Gordon Woodward Way
Oxford OX1 4XL


OAB Website Disclaimer

This website is intended as a general guide to Oxford Association for the Blind (OAB) itself, in addition to the services offered by OAB and does not constitute a contract.

The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. The information is provided by OAB and while we endeavour to keep the information up to date and correct, we make no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability or availability with respect to the website or the information, services, or related graphics contained on the website for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such information is therefore strictly at your own risk.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from loss of data out of, or in connection with, the use of this website.

Through this website you are able to link to other websites which are not under the control of the OAB. However, OAB has gone to great effort to ensure the links used are of good quality and educationally based. We have no control over the nature, content and availability of those sites. The inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply a recommendation or endorse the views expressed within them. OAB does not accept responsibility for the views, advice and recommendations on external websites. All content is for personal use.

Every effort is made to keep the website up and running smoothly. However, OAB takes no responsibility for, and will not be liable for, the website being temporarily unavailable due to technical issues beyond our control. OAB reserves the right to make changes on this site at any time. All up-to-date changes can be obtained by contacting us.

Last updated: July 2013

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind
Bradbury Lodge
Gordon Woodward Way


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.