Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

About Us

Kingston upon Thames Association for the Blind (KAB), charity registration number 249295, was established in 1966 to promote the interests of blind and partially sighted people living in The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames. We do this through a range of social and sports activities and an Eye Buddy Scheme.  KAB employ 1 member of staff, who is assisted by a Support Worker and a number of volunteers.  The Association works closely with the Kingston Council, the Sight & Hearing Service, Kingston Hospital Royal Eye Unit, Kingston Voluntary Action, Kingston Centre for Independent Living and other Sight Loss Charities and organisations.

KAB also supports the weekly Kingston Talking Newspaper, as well as local groups, Surbiton Blind Club, Malden and Coombe Blind Club.

Membership is free and is open to blind and partially sighted people residing in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, or anyone that is interested with their wellbeing.


*Acting Chair - Roy Smith MBE

Treasurer - Anne Spong

Secretary - Eleanor Mayor

Brian Gaff, George Phillips, Barbara Amess, Joanne Westlake, David Robson and Kevin White


Antony Bewick-Smith, CEO

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Ina Picas, Communications and Marketing Officer

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Monique Richards, Administration Intern

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Kingston Quaker Centre, Fairfield East, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PT
For instructions on how to get  to the Centre from Kingston train station, please view our Contact page.

Office number

0208 605 0060

Opening hours

10.00am - 4.00pm

*Please note: We are looking to recruit a Chair and new Trustees to ensure KAB remains sustainable, relevant and effective in a rapidly changing landscape of economic, societal and technological change, so that we can continue to serve, and be the voice of, local people with sight loss. If you would like to have an informal chat about the roles of Chair and Trustees then contact the CEO Antony Bewick-Smith on 07985 283079 or email

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