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Blog: Our braille work

Posted: 3rd January 2019 by Torch Trust

Blog: Our braille work Picture

To celebrate World Braille Day 2019 today, we wanted to share the story of our own braille work with you! Braille is very important for Torch as it’s how we communicate with many of our service users: from our leaflets and newsletters, to our scripture calendar, to our postal lending library. Additionally, we produce the world’s largest circulation Braille magazine, The Torch. This periodical goes around the world to well over 7,000 people, and has been running for over 60 years encouraging blind and partially sighted people in their Christian faith.

Do you know how the process of brailling on a large scale work? Many of you may have experience with manually powered braillers, often found in schools or individuals’ homes, but creating enough braille for our many clients requires some fairly hefty machinery!

The most important piece of kit is the braille printer, a huge machine which sits in our production department. The machine is fed by huge spools of braille paper which stand half a metre high! We also have machines which trim the sheets and bind the pages, as well as a bagging machine which gets them ready to be sent out all over the world.

These machines are of course, not the start of our braille process – no, that happens upstairs in Torch House’s transcription department. This is where staff members source and prepare electronic files for books to be transcribed into braille. It’s also where Torch’s own publications get put into a format ready for brailling. The trickiest jobs are ones with a non-standard layout – so perhaps lots of tables, or pictures, or music notation. Our skilled staff work very hard to make sure we can produce as much braille as possible for our clients!

On this World Braille Day, please pray for all the people around the world who use and rely on braille, and for those who are involved in the production and distribution of it.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Posted: 23rd December 2018 by Torch Trust

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Picture

May God bless you all at this special time as we remember the birth of our Lord Jesus.

Torch Carol Service - Wed 12th Dec 2018

Posted: 21st November 2018 by Julia Hyde

Torch Carol Service - Wed 12th Dec 2018 Picture

We are delighted to invite you to our Carol Service here at Torch House on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

Please do come along and join us at our Sight Loss Friendly Carol Service which will begin at 2pm.

All are welcome to enjoy Christmas worship and praise, followed by mince pies and chance for a chat afterwards.  

Our Christmas Gift To You!

Posted: 19th October 2018 by David Shepherd

This Christmastime we would like to offer you a gift! We have partnered with Lifewords to produce large print, braille and audio versions of their popular Christmas booklet ‘OUTSIDE/IN’ – and it’s completely free to receive.

Here’s what Lifewords have to say about this lovely resource: ‘This year let the Christmas story turn your church, your community, even your world, OUTSIDE/IN. OUTSIDE/IN is a beautifully illustrated booklet told from the perspective of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and sages: outsiders who find themselves included at the very heart of the story. The Christmas story is full of unlikely characters. Those on the edges are drawn to the heart of the action. Everyone is invited in. We hope you’ll join us in finding ways to share that invitation this year – to welcome people in to the good news of the Christmas story.’

To receive a copy in your choice of accessible media, just get in touch with Client Services on 01858 438260 or email

Join us for FREE at CRE, 16th - 18th October!

Posted: 1st October 2018 by Grace Davis

From October 16th to 18th Torch will be attending the Christian Resources Exhibtion at Sandown Park. We're sharing a stand with Churches For All and looking forward to a wonderful 3 days! Also present as a special guest will be long-time friend of Torch, Marilyn Baker, who will be attending to open the exhibition and perform in concert. Torch staff will be available all three days to tell the world more about our work and talk about our new campaign, Sight Loss Friendly Church!

Best of all, we've been given free tickets (on-the-door value of £8) for any of our clients, supporters and other friends! We'd love to see you there so get hold of your FREE ticket just follow this link and fill out the form: CRE free tickets.

You can find out more about CRE on their website here.

Book a Torch Holiday for 2019 Now!

Posted: 18th September 2018 by Grace Davis

There’s something for everyone at the Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre – the haven for people with sight loss! Whichever holiday you choose there are always plenty of trips out to places of interest, and excellent Christian content.

Whatever the weather, warm friendship, fun, comfortable accommodation and good food are guaranteed! You’ll be blessed physically and spiritually on a Torch Holiday.

What's more, our holiday prices are fully inclusive! That means inclusive of all meals, outings, entrance fees, event tickets and transport during the holiday.

Highlights include April's Be Loved Women’s Pamper: 'Immerse yourself in a few days of relaxation and rejuvenation at Torch HRC.' In May, our Big Church Day Out Weekend: 'Christian music festival fun at Wiston House; daily travel to the event.' And running throughout summer, our series of Summer Holidays: 'A time of fun and fellowship, with plenty of opportunities to relax or go on excursions.'

Visit our holidays web area now to read about each holiday that we're running in 2019 here. Or give Client Services a ring on 01858 438260 to book today!

Come along and celebrate at our annual Thanksgiving Day!

Posted: 6th September 2018 by Grace Davis

EvPeople singing at a Thanksgiving Serviceery year we hold a celebratory event where we give thanks to the Lord for all that has happened in our work over the past year. We lift the ongoing work of Torch, and the people who use our services, up to God and give praise together!

This year we'll be celebrating at Torch House in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 9HL. The day will begin at 2pm with a service of thanksgiving and will be followed by free refreshments and open fellowship.

Our staff members will be on hand to talk about all things Torch and answer any questions you may have about our work and services we provide.

We'll also have a shop selling our large print and braille calendars. The day will draw to a close at 5pm.

Reflections Radio Extra: even more great content from Torch!

Posted: 31st August 2018 by Grace Davis

This Sunday on Reflections from Torch: Larry from the USA Loves to get under the bonnet when it comes to computers, but the real driving force in his life is is faith and trust in the Lord Jesus. Listen and be inspired.

Plus - breaking news: we now have a 30 minute version of our show, only on RNIB Connect Radio! This version will feature lots more of the content you like to hear.

Tune in this Sunday to RNIB Connect at 9 am for our first thirty minute show, or listen to Premier Christian Radio for the usual 13-minute programme at 4 pm.

Join in with TorchTalk Telephone Friendship Groups

Posted: 30th July 2018 by Grace Davis

TorchTalk is a free service which aims to bring people with sight loss together in fellowship. The groups provide Christian friendship, discussion, prayer, encouragement and fun via telephone conference calls. The groups are open to anyone with sight loss of all faiths or none.

Each Group – usually between 6 to 10 people - seeks to reflect the interests of the people involved. For example, some might prefer a closer look at key Bible passages, others a lighter social Group, and others a Book Group or Prayer Group. Each TorchTalk Group runs either weekly or monthly for up to an hour, with a trained facilitator. Group membership is open to anyone with vision impairment, free of charge (donation appreciated).

Every first Sunday of the month at 3 pm we have a Sunday Service Group, aimed at people who may not be able to get to church.

Call Client Services to register your interest on 01858 438260 or learn more online on our TorchTalk page.

TorchTalk: Sunday Service this July 1st!

Posted: 14th June 2018 by Grace Davis

Every first Sunday of the month at 3 pm is a Sunday Service Group, aimed at people who may not be able to get to church. July's theme will be 'Pour in the water and the oil'.

TorchTalk is a free service which aims to bring people with sight loss together in fellowship. The groups provide Christian friendship, discussion, prayer, encouragement and fun via telephone conference calls. The groups are open to anyone with sight loss of all faiths or none.

The Sunday service is unique in our groups as, due to the large size, it is set up so that participants ring into the group rather than waiting to be called. This means that even if you miss the start of the group, no disruption is caused by joining. Anyone is welcome and to gain access all you need to do is contact Client Services on 01858 438260 to get the phone number and code.

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