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Volunteer roles - can you help make a difference by volunteering?

The work of Torch Trust relies heavily on the contribution made by volunteers. There are many rewarding opportunities for Christian service through Torch, working on your own or with others. 

Volunteering opportunities has always been an important part of the work of Torch. Volunteers are of great help to the ministry of Torch, but individuals find that the experience of volunteering benefits them significantly too. We continue to hear stories of friends who have worked here in the past, who regard their time with us as critical to their life experience.

This page contains all the current volunteering opportunities available at Torch Trust. It includes tasks that can undertaken at home, things you can do in your locality, opportunities for service at Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre in Sussex, and work that can be done by coming into Torch House in Leicestershire. If you have a specific skill that isn’t on the list that you would like to use to help the work of Torch we would love to hear from you too.  

To apply please read Joining the Journey (our volunteering policy), fill in the Volunteer Application Form and send it to Suzanne Powell using volunteers@torchtrust.org

If you have any queries please first read our FAQs for Volunteers.

For further infomation about anything on this page, email Suzanne using volunteers@torchtrust.org.

Use the following links to see the volunteer jobs available regionally, at Torch House and at HRC:

Regional volunteer roles

Torch House volunteer roles

Holiday and Retreat Centre (HRC) volunteer roles


Regional volunteer roles:

Friendship and interest groups

There are many ways to connect and support people with vision impairment locally. One way is to set up a group that meets around a shared interest – such as walking, creative crafts or music. Book Groups are particularly popular and Torch has a range of audio books for free-loan to members of the Group with vision impairment.

Drivers

Getting out and about can become harder for people who are experiencing sight loss, particularly if no longer able to drive, which can led to feeling ‘disconnected’. Having a driver can help someone get out to a local group or event, keep up with hobbies, meet friends, and make all the difference to their week.

Fellowship Groups

There are around 110 Fellowship Groups throughout the country serving visually impaired people in the locality.  These groups provide an opportunity for people with a passion for people to meet, enjoy fellowship, share joys and sorrows and support one another.

As a member of a Fellowship Group you can enjoy being part of a team working together to set up the meeting, provide transport, make and serve refreshments, oversee any finances and most importantly to create friendships that develop and encourage visually impaired people. You may have skills to serve on a group’s committee, such as taking Minutes, or managing any finances or administration.

Regional Coordinator

Torch has an extensive network of local and diverse Groups serving and supporting the needs of blind and partially sighted people. Regional Coordinators help support and develop these Groups as well as promoting Torch in the region.

Working closely with Torch’s National Groups Leader, the role involves: encouraging and supporting existing Groups; helping to create new Groups; networking and building good connections with local churches, sight agencies and other partners to benefit people with sight loss; representing Torch at local exhibitions and mission events; coordinating events and activities for the Groups in the region and sharing resources betweenGroups.

This role would suit a ‘people person’ who is confident in networking, ecumenically minded, a good communicator with small and medium sized groups, a good listener, someone who is committed to prayer and involved in a local church. It will be necessary to drive or travel throughout the region easily.

Flexible hours: a minimum of half a day a week. Timing to suite the individual, but some weekend work will be involved as Fellowship Groups normally meet on a Saturday. Training and expenses provided.

Areas we are particularly looking for regional coordinators: Sheffield, Reading, London, Birmingham, Penrith and Norwich.

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Torch House volunteer roles:

Volunteer 'Reflections' radio researcher and interviewer

To assist the producer by contributing material to Reflections, a weekly 15-minute radio programme, broadcast on RNIB’s Insight Radio, and on Premier Christian Radio. This will be done through researching, arranging and carrying out occasional interviews with people about their faith and disability.  This role would be a great opportunity for someone to build their experience in the Christian media sector.

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Grant raising volunteer

Torch has a number of new initiatives to progress our five-year strategy and we approach grant-making trusts with the opportunity of supporting these. We are looking for a volunteer to support this work by helping produce grant proposals.

This will involve: identifying grant raising trusts that will be a match for Torch; Drafting copy for grant proposals and letters - largely based on existing information and templates; working with Torch colleagues on finishing and submitting draft proposals.
 
This role would suit a volunteer who enjoys office-based role, and is able to get satisfaction from ‘behind the scenes’ work that supports Torch’s frontline ministry.

Ideally this role will be one day a week – this could be spread over two half days. The work is based at our office in Market Harborough, although the work could be undertaken from your own home anywhere in the UK.

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Production volunteer

Join our small group of volunteers who help for occasional short periods (one or two days) in dealing with a large run of printing. The work is semi-skilled, skills that can be easily learnt on the job and involves working with book binding processes.

This role would suit someone living locally to Market Harborough. We would like to build up a team of 3 or 4 people who could be called on, and share this work.

Logistics volunteer

This department deals with the packaging and distribution of literature.  Volunteers are able to help with ...

  • Sorting audio tapes
  • Packaging literature in braille, giant print and audio for posting
  • Receiving and packaging orders
  • Selecting and sorting library materials

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Gardening and maintenance volunteer

We are currently looking for people to become part of our gardening and maintenance team to make Torch House a safe and inviting place for people to work in and to visit. This opportunity will be about half a day a week, depending on the time of year.

Tasks can include: cutting the grass and maintaining the dog's run area; Keeping the paths clear and free of weeds; Keeping the borders weed-free and the shrubs in shape; Keeping the exterior and interior painting to a high standard; Basic repairs to chairs, tables etc; Basic maintenance tasks - light bulbs, taps etc.

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International support volunteer

People who can help sort and pack clothing and goods boxes for Aid Africa at Torch House and/or who can knit specific items for our work in Malawi.

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Holiday and Retreat Centre (HRC) volunteer roles:

Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre in West Sussex provides holidays for people with sight loss.

HRC volunteer

Volunteers often spend a week or more with us providing general support and sharing in the exciting experience of holidays with our guests and friends.

Specific tasks include:

  • General assistance in supporting blind guests on outings and around the house.
  • Assistance in the kitchen and with catering, waiting on guests at meal times etc.
  • General housekeeping duties.

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HRC Hospitality Assistant Volunteer

Volunteers often spend a week or more with us providing general support and sharing in the exciting experience of holidays with our guests and friends.

Specific tasks include:

  • General assistance in supporting blind guests on outings and around the house.
  • Assistance in the kitchen and with catering, waiting on guests at meal times etc.
  • General housekeeping duties.

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HRC Facilities Volunteer

Volunteers often spend a week or more with us providing general support and sharing in the exciting experience of holidays with our guests and friends.

Specific tasks include:

  • General assistance in supporting blind guests on outings and around the house.
  • Assistance in the kitchen and with catering, waiting on guests at meal times etc.
  • General housekeeping duties.

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HRC gap year/international volunteer 

We are looking for gap year/international volunteers to spend 6 months volunteering at our Holiday and Retreat Centre in West Sussex. Volunteers will support blind and partially sighted people on the holidays and assist in the smooth running of the centre through helping with all the day-to-day activities involved in running holidays and conferences.

This role would suit a young person taking a gap year, looking for experience of working with people with disabilities and seeking to improve their English. A good standard of spoken English is required.

Torch is only able to accept applicants that are over 18 and can stay for a minimum period of 3 months. Accommodation and food are provided.

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HRC volunteer driver 

At the Centre we have a number of guests who would love to attend one or more of our holidays during the year; however this is difficult for them as they find public transport challenging. We are looking for volunteer drivers who are willing to drive a guest from their own locality to our Centre in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, using their own vehicle. We are happy to pay mileage and provide a meal for the driver at Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre, there will also be an allowance for coffee and refreshments during the journey.

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For more infomation or to express your interest in volunteering, email Suzanne Powell using volunteers@torchtrust.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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