AN ORGANISATION that supports blind and visually impaired people in the county has sent a reminder it is still there to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB) has had to close its resource centre, to prevent the spread of the virus to visitors, and to replace its home visiting service and clubs and coffee mornings with telephone support.

But a statement from the charity said: "However, the staff and volunteers continue to work from home and if you need to contact us, either for advice or simply just for a chat, you can ring our number, which is 01865 725595.

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"Our message to you all is, stay safe, and don’t hesitate to call us if you need to.

"Promoting OAB helps us to continue to support blind and visually impaired people, their families and the community."

In the last year the group has given information and advice to 545 people over the phone and in person, advised 286 individuals on adapted equipment and provided 88 technology training sessions in person.

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The charity's website states: "Sight loss can be a devastating and challenging reality for thousands of people in our local communities and OAB is committed to promoting independence and opportunities for people with severe or partial sight impairments, and in helping them and their carers to access any support they may need.

"OAB advises on and provides services and equipment that enable Visually Impaired People to live independent lives."

To learn more about OAB and the support available visit