Kingston Upon Thames Association for the Blind

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Optelec Clear Reader Plus

The Kingston Association for the Blind was recently left, in a Legacy, an Optelec Clear Reader Plus. This has been purchased by Mollie Scolding. She says she's looking forward to being able to reading all her post.

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.

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 coordinator, and speak with Erik to find a new tandem partner or have a taster session.
To book, please call the Office at 0208 605 0060.

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.

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

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.

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.

Living Well with Sight Loss Course

The KAB is planning a Living Well with Sight Loss Course offered remotely during the month of July.
The course will last for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week. It will cover issues like applying for benefits, accessing services for the visually impaired, introduction to sport for the visually impaired, as well as digital technologies and other accessibility issues.
The course is highly recommended to newly-diagnosed persons with visual impairments as well as those who have had significant changes in their sight levels.
To put your name down, call Mariza Jurgens at 07305011133.

Message from our Vaccine Champions

The KAB has been asked to share the following survey with its members. The survey is all about your experiences concerning mental health services, but you do not need to have used any mental health services to be able to complete it. To do the survey, please follow this link:

If you have something to say in this survey, but cannot get on-line, then please call the KAB office.

Working Age South London Forum

In order to offer better services to young and working age persons with visual impairments, the KAB has joined Merton Vision, Croydon Vision, and Sutton Vision to form a South London Working Age Forum. One of the activities of the Forum will be a monthly Working Age Face-to-Face activity. The first of these activities will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday 26 July 2022 at Merton Vision at the Guardian Centre at 67 Clarendon Road, London SW19 2DX.
The theme of the discussion will be “Changing Career due to Sight Loss”, since many visually impaired people have to do this during their working life.  If you would like to share your experience of doing this and share any tips and advice with others, please call Mariza at 07305011133.
In another activity planned by this South London Working Age Forum, it is planned to start a competitive quiz league between the different boroughs’ sight loss charities. If you wish to join the KAB’s team, please call Mariza at 07305011133. The first event will be in early August at Sutton Vision and we need at least 6 people to form a team.

Dragon Boat Racing Taster Session

The KAB is pleased to invite you to take part in Dragon Boat Racing in conjunction with the Royal Kingston Dragon Boat Club. Please call Mariza at 07305011133 if you wish to take part.

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 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!

Co-op ‘Good Causes’

KAB is pleased to inform you that they have been selected as one of three local charities to be supported by the Co-op’s ‘Good Causes’. Members of the store are encouraged to buy own-branded goods, of which 2 pence of every 1 pound spent will be donated to the local charities and the Co-op Foundation.

If you are not a member yet, you can join by visiting your local Co-op store, calling 0800 023 4708, or visiting the cost is 1 pound. Once you are registered and have received your temporary card instore, or your permanent card through the post, you can choose your charity by calling 0800 023 4708, selecting option one and asking for help in choosing your favourite charity, which we hope will be Kingston Association for the Blind. Alternatively, if you have the Co-op app on your smartphone or tablet you can choose your favourite charity from there. Apart from the 2 pence that you will be donating to your favourite charity, you will be earning 2 pence rewards for every pound spent on your card.
Please also encourage friends and families living further afield to choose Kingston Association for the Blind as their favourite charity.

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