Our History

Our charity has supported visually impaired people since 1877

We were established as an organisation in 1877 to provide support and services for blind and partially sighted people. A lot has changed since then…

1877 – Oxfordshire Association for the Home Teaching of the Blind

Providing instruction in reading and writing, assisting in obtaining work for blind people.

1896 – Name changed to The Oxford Society for Visiting and Providing Books for the Blind

Quickly shortened to The Oxford Society for the Blind

1913 – The Oxford Society for the Blind Shop opened, Little Clarendon Street, Oxford

Blind people were employed to sell their own work and stocked a library of books in Braille.

1948 – Name changed to Oxford (City and County) Society for the Blind

1977 – Name changed to Oxfordshire Association for the Blind (OAB)

1997 – Sight Advisory Service was established at the Oxford Eye Hospital

2005 – Thanks to a grant from the Bradbury Foundation, the charity was able to purchase a property

2006 – Bradbury Lodge was officially opened by Patron The Rt Hon. the 9th Countess of Macclesfield

2011 – Colin Dexter, famous visually impaired local author, championed our major fundraising campaign to build our resource centre.

2012 – The Campoli Resource Centre opens offering specialist visual impairment support services

2022 – Oxfordshire Association for the Blind changes its name to MyVision Oxfordshire, supporting visually impaired people

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MyVision Oxfordshire is registered as a charity in England and Wales No.1140556 and as a company limited by guarantee in England and Wales No. 07465300.