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Project information

Future Vision

We want to build a new resource centre for visually impaired people in Oxfordshire.

The project would bring a bigger, better, safer, and more cost efficient facility than the small portakabin which we are currently rent for the sake of our face to face services.

June 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB)

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) logo
  • Need


    Right now, our face-to-face services are based in a small portakabin on-site. Cramped and often cold, it is unsuitable for our service users' needs and ambitions.

    A lack of space prevents us from setting up a number of other services that would benefit local visually impaired people, while rental costs of roughly £6,000 a year represent an inefficient use of our funders' money.


    Future Vision's two storey resource centre, buily as annex to our existing base at Bradbury Lodge, would improve the quality of all of our current core services. It would enable us to offer a range of new services which have been requested of us, like courses in computing, cooking, and kitchen skills for visually impaired people.

    With no rent to pay and better energy efficiency, the centre would also help to reduce our running costs.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve our core equipment demonstration service.


    » By having more space available. The layout of the resource centre would also help people with mobility issues to roam around more freely.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...more visually impaired people in Oxfordshire living their lives more independently.

    Aim 2

    To provide new courses in computing, cooking, and kitchen skills for visually impaired people.


    » By having the ground floor of the resource centre partitioned into two separate areas: an IT hub, and a kitchen and home skills area.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...more visually impaired people in Oxfordshire living their lives confidently.

    Aim 3

    To provide a new counselling and emotional support service for local visually impaired people.


    » By having a room which we would keep free for counselling.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...more visually impaired people in Oxfordshire coming to terms with their sight impairment.

    Aim 4

    To reduce running costs of the charity and to use our funders' money more efficiently.


    » We will not have to pay rent (currently £6,000 for the portakabin) on the resource centre; energy efficiency will also be improved.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...OAB being able to provide all of its present services to a lower cost.

  • Impact


    The way we demonstrate success will depend on the outcome we are striving towards: "quantifying change" will be different for our courses in IT to our face-to-face counselling and emotional support service, for example.

    In summary, we will use a mixture of questionnaires, consultation groups (such as the Oxfordshire Low Vision Committee) and focus groups to gauge our successes and failures. We will then communicate this through various means, the most accessible of which will be our website.


    The biggest risk we face is that the quality of our services will drop during the time in which we are building the Centre.

    We have tried to minimize this risk by planning where and how our core services will be delivered during this time, and by putting together a range of back up plans.


    This will depend on the donor (the way we communicate with a donor who gives money every month by standing order is different to someone who gives to us once by sponsoring a friend, for example).

    We will try, as far as possible, to use our website as a hub for all information for donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £600,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £530,000 Building design, building, and equipment
      £70,000 New services running costs of new counselling service, etc

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    OAB supporters £96,550 Guaranteed
    Trusts and foundations £236,050 Guaranteed
    OAB trustees and staff £25,750 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The building will be based at Gordon Woodward Way, South Oxford, OX1 4XL.


    Future Vision will be available to every visually impaired person in Oxfordshire, as well as their carers.

    More than 4,000 people are registered as blind or partially sighted in Oxfordshire. The number of visually impaired people in the county who could be registered is estimated to be over 10,000.

    Most of the people we will help are older (nine out of ten visually impaired people in the UK are at least 60 years old).

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    OAB is an ambitious and hard working group of staff and volunteers.

    We work in close partnership with many other local and national charities and businesses, including Oxfordshire Social and Community Services, the RNIB Action for Blind People partnership, and the local eye doctor teams, for example. Our aim is to supplement their existing services - meaning we can help the most people in the best way for the lowest possible running cost.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    OAB Staff

    We have ten paid staff. Our professional experience ranges from social services to the Royal Air Force. Two of the team are visually impaired.

    OAB Volunteers

    OAB manage roughly 100 volunteers. A range of new volunteer roles will be created through Future Vision.

    OAB Trustees

    OAB have an 7 person Trustee board. The role is non-paid.