Blind society to close unless help foundBy Hugh Fort
July 16, 2012
A long-running charity helping the blind urgently needs more people to volunteer or it will close after more than 30 years in the borough.
The Bracknell branch of Berkshire County Blind Society is in desperate need of a new chairman and a treasurer.
The charity will not be able to function without people filling these vitals roles and will have to close if they are not found.
The club, which has a membership of around 30, organises a social meeting and tea once a month with entertainment, as well as day trips for its members.
Tom Conlin, chief executive, said: “Whilst we are able to manage the majority of the society’s services from our Reading HQ, the role of club chairman needs to be carried out locally.”
He explained: “The chair is responsible for the overall running of the individual clubs and, in particular, the organisation of events focused on the monthly lunch or tea meeting and any entertainment involved, as well as the organisation of day trips or other events such as the club’s annual Christmas party.
“A local treasurer is also needed to manage the club’s finances in liaison with my office.”
Mr Conlin added: “Club members help so far as they are able but without a chair and treasurer we will have little option but to consider closing the club or trying to amalgamate its membership with other clubs, although the nearest are in Windsor and Wokingham, which would present us with significant transport problems.
“If there are any individuals or organisations in Bracknell that would be willing to donate a few hours each month to help us keep our Bracknell club in existence then we would all be very grateful, and we will provide as much support from HQ as is needed.”
The society in Berkshire formed in 1910 and provides support to around 2,100 blind and visually impaired people around the county.
Anyone wanting to help out can call the society’s head office in Reading on (0118) 987 2803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org