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Project information

2 Minibuses Urgently needed

To replace our 14 year old bus with 2 new ones to enable us to continue and expand our member's day trips out, appointment attendance and bringing more, otherwise housebound people, to the centre.

June 2011 - December 2011

Charity information: Reading Association for the Blind

Reading Association for the Blind logo
  • Need


    We would like to help our visually impaired members who are otherwise housebound to come to the centre without cost. We would also like assist them to attend shopping trips, hospital appointments and other important appointments as well as take more people on day trips, excursions to help them live as full a life as possible despite their disability.


    The purchase of 2 new buses will help us save costs on our current bus which keeps breaking down as well as allow more people to be collected and join in on trips.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To enhance the lives of as many blind & partially sighted people with social interaction.


    » 2 buses will allow us to bring twice as many people from home to the centre and back again without cost to them.

    What success will look like

    Success will be shown by many more blind people no longer lonely and isolated at home, helping to combat depression and giving respite to family members

    Aim 2

    To help our members travel & experience days out from city trips to serious rambling!


    » 2 buses will allow us to plan more trips, accommodating more people and changing the lives of many more members by giving them access to the outdoors

    What success will look like

    Success will be by being able to provide many more trips & allowing many more members to travel to day trips, go on rambling & excursions & do things they did not think they could

  • Impact


    Social interaction & excursions will help members stay mobile and healthy. This will allow them to keep their independence longer to stay in their own homes rather than be placed in a care home. Day trips, excursions & adventures will help our all but especially our younger blind members experience things they may believe they cannot do because they are blind. The confidence these trips give our members continues to other parts of their life for confidence to seek out education or employment


    There are no risks with the project - the only risk we have is having to stop these trips and services should we not reach our target. Resources are very short and every time our bus breaks down we have to hire one at a cost of £99 a day.


    We have a unique fund raising system that is accounted for and published within our annual financial statement. We also always write and give thanks to each donor. Permission is always sought before we publish the donor within any distributed newsletters.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Minibus 1 1 Minibus specially designed to cater for our members
      £40,000 Minibus 2 1 Minibus specially designed to cater for our members

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Various Trusts & donations £15,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    We are located in Reading Berkshire, the project will be used all over for bring members to and from the centre, as well as on trips to theatres, walks, excursions etc - a recent group for instance recently took a trip to climb the Spinnikar Tower and another went to "Go Ape"!


    Visually impaired people in the Greater Reading area aged 18 - 90 who are registered sight impaired.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We know and understand each of our members personally , many of our volunteers and Trustees are blind or partially sighted. We understand how the disability can affect people and by talking to our members we ensure we provide all the services they would like and need.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Terry Boyington

    Vice Chairman & Volunteer

    Dawn Singleton


    Chez Payne-Annetts

    Appeal Manager & Fund Raiser

Our Current Mini bus

Our Current Mini bus