Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

KAB Eye Opener Issue 19 - 28 July 2022

Meet and Greet 14 July 2022
The KAB was present at the recent Meet and Greet Event hosted by the Kingston Voluntary Action to introduce the newly elected Local Councillors to the Charity Sector active in the Royal Borough of Kingston.

News for our Members

KAB Notices

KAB Activities Weeks 28 July to 10 August
Tuesday, 9 August, 1:30pm to 3:30pm, Friendly Lawn Bowls Match against Hook and Southborough Bowling Club, Hook Bowling Club.

Office Telephone Numbers
Office Hours: 9am - 4pm.
KAB Office Telephone Number: 02086050060.
Mobile: 07305011133.

Youth Drop-in and Tandem Cycle Meet-up
The Tandem Cycle Meet-up and Youth Drop-in has been rescheduled for 5pm on Thursday 11thof August.
Come and meet Ignacia, our new Youth Co-ordinator, and speak with Erik to find a new tandem partner or have a taster session.
To book, please call the Office at 02086050060.

Summer Lawn Bowls
The KAB Summer Lawn Bowls Club will be taking on the Hook and Southborough Bowling Club in a friendly match on the 9thof August at 2:30pm at the Hook and Southborough Bowling Club at King Edwards Recreation Ground Hook Road, Chessington, Surrey, KT9 1PL.
Members of the KAB are welcome to attend to support our teams.
Please call Mariza at the Office at 02086050060 if you are coming.

Lunch Club August
The August Lunch Club will take place at the Balance Café at St. Matthew’s Church in Surbiton on Wednesday the 31stof August at 12:30pm.
Please call Rana at the Office at 02086050060 to book.

Big Give Christmas Challenge
Can you make a pledge for our Big Give 2022 Christmas Challenge?
We are now collecting pledges for the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2022. We are looking for people who will pledge a minimum of £100. If we reach our goal of £1,500 this will then be matched by ‘Champion Funders’ to provide additional funding support to us. This is a fantastic opportunity to raise money for The Kingston Association for the Blind. It would be amazing if we could reach our goal as soon as possible. All pledges need to be received by Friday the 2ndof September at 1am. They will not need to be paid until December. To make a pledge, please follow this link: and complete the short form.  There is also further information about how the Big Give Christmas Challenge works there.
We also need people who will donate online, this happens later in the year between the 29thof November and 6thof December 2022.
For more information or assistance, please call Mariza at the office at 02086050060.

Optelec Clear Reader Plus
The Kingston Association for the Blind was recently left, in a Legacy, anOptelec Clear Reader Plus. The Board of Trustees has decided to sell the item for KAB funds. This portable machine scans and reads your favourite books, newspapers or printed documents at the press of a button. The reader sells new for £2514 and the KAB is selling it for £700.
The specifications of the machine are as follows:
  • Weight 2.46kg
  • High resolution camera
  • 3.5 Audio Stereo Jack
  • Charging time: 3 hours
  • One full charge lasts for roughly 5 hours of continuous use.
We also have the manual available for the person who purchases the reader.
Note this device cannot be used as a magnifier as it has no screen.

Tenpin Bowling
There will be no tenpin bowling during the school holidays. The Monday tenpin bowling sessions will restart on the 12th of September at 11am at Hollywood Bowl in Tolworth, and the Wednesday tenpin bowling session will restart on the 14th of September at 6pm at the Rotunda Centre in Kingston.

Denbies Trip
The Social Eyes Club is planning a trip to Denbies Vineyard on Thursday 15 September 2022. We will be leaving the Kingston Quaker Centre at 9:30am and will be returning at 3pm. During the day the group will also do an hour long train tour of the vineyard.
To book, please call Rana at the Office at 020 8605 0060.

Social Eyes August
During the Month of August, there will be children’s holiday clubs hosted at the Kingston Quaker Centre so the Social Eyes Club will move out for the month. The Social Eyes Club will, on the 16thof August, go to the Squire’s Garden Centre in Thames Ditton for afternoon tea.
Please watch this space for other arrangements for August.
For more information call Rana at the office at 020 8605 0060.
KAB Chairperson Vacancy
The Kingston Association for the Blind is looking for a new Chairperson. Could this be you? For more information and to apply, please click here.

Fundraising Notices

Are you planning to take part in a Challenge?
Do you have a place in a marathon, cycle race, or other similar event this year? Please consider using  your entry to help KAB. Challenge Fundraising can be a very rewarding way to generate income for charities. So if you have a place in such an event please let us know. Together we can use your place to fundraise for KAB. Please call us on 02086050060.

Platform Fundraising
A gentle reminder, KAB is registered with both Amazon Smile and Easy Fundraising. By using their Apps to shop, and selecting Kingston Association for the Blind as your chosen charity, we will receive a small donation from your purchase.

Co-Op Charity of the Year
And another reminder: KAB is one of the three Local Charities of the Year of the Co-Op. For us to get the highest benefit from this, all our members with Co-Op cards can select KAB as their favourite charity. You can do so by either calling 08000234708, choosing option one and asking for help in choosing your favourite charity, or doing so through the Co-op App which can be found by following this link.

Kingston Lottery
The Kingston Community Lottery is an exciting weekly lottery that raises money for 'good causes' in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, and KAB is delighted to let you know that you can now support them as your 'good cause', by visiting the following link:
If you find the link inaccessible, or you do not have internet and you would like to play, and support KAB, please contact the office for assistance by calling 02086050060.
Tickets cost just 1 pound a week. Each ticket has a 1 in 50 chance to win a prize each week, with a top prize of £25,000. That's a much better chance of winning than the National Lottery, or the Health Lottery. Each ticket has six numbers and each number is between 0 and 9. There will be a draw every Saturday night when a six-digit winning combination will be picked. Prizes will be given to players with tickets that match the first or last 2 to 6 numbers from the winning combination. All 'good causes' supported by the lottery will benefit the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and its residents. We hope you'll support us in making KAB even better, and have some fun along the way!

Community Notices

Upcoming Surbiton Club Events
  • 13 September Chessington Garden Centre
The Surbiton Club will meet like normal during the month of August except for the 16th, which has been cancelled.
For more information, please contact Jo Westlake at

Balance Community Cafe
Balance is a local Kingston charity providing community-based support to disabled and vulnerable people. Every Wednesday we hold the Balance Community Cafe at St Matthew's Church, St Matthew's Avenue, Surbiton KT6 6JQ from 10am to 3pm. The cafe is a welcoming space for people to meet and enjoy our menu including panini, jacket potatoes and cakes. Balance has a supported horticulture project, Stud Nursery, in Home Park, so we try to use our produce including the sale of eggs laid from our rescue chickens. 
We are a member of the Chatty Cafe scheme, aiming to offer a friendly welcome to everyone. The Balance Community Cafe at St Matthew's Church is accessible, including the toilets.

Blind Aid - Courses for Persons with Visual Impairments
Blind Aid is currently offering places at their Camden Community project to anyone with a visual impairment living in London who is able to travel to Euston or Kings Cross stations (or a local bus stop). Each service user is offered a 16-week place (free of charge) and they run classes in IT/NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access), safe cooking and healthy eating, yoga, art and creative writing.
Please forward your details to the KAB Office if you are interested in taking up this offer.

Let's Talk
Let's Talk is a series of regular meetings for blind and partially sighted people hosted by London Vision to discuss the things that have a positive effect on their lives so that others can find out how to experience the same. 
Let's Talk offers the chance to enthuse about the aspects of life that make people feel good.
Sessions take place every other Thursday from 6pm to 7pm, continuing from 4 August on the Zoom virtual platform.
Upcoming sessions:
  • 4 August – Food and Drink
  • 18 August – Anything Goes
To register to attend, please email or call 0203 761 3651.

Have an enjoyable weekend from everybody at KAB!
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