The Torch Trust aims can be summarised as ‘enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives.’ To achieve this we provide Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide.
Torch Trust has a distinctive culture that reflects its Christian beliefs and has been shaped by its history of seeking to be faithful to God’s guidance.
Our values inform the choices made by Torch, what we do and the way we do it. Our values are:-
Christ-centred; People-focussed; Openness; Creativity
We are a Christian mission and will seek to faithfully represent the Christian message in what we do and in what we say but we will never impose our faith or belief on others.
Torch is a Christian Mission working primarily with Christian organisations and Christian clients. This role requires that the appointed person is in close contact with our users and/or supporters who are likely to expect to be interacting with a Christian person and may be required to pray and share Christian experiences. It is therefore a requirement of Torch Trust for the Blind that the person appointed is able to accept the Torch Basis of Faith and has an active involvement in a Christian Church.
Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre runs a full holiday programme for visually impaired people throughout the year. We have a number of guests who would love to attend one or more of our holidays; however this is difficult for them as they find public transport challenging.
Driver – Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre
Liz Kinning – Facility Manager Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre.
Assistant Manger Hospitality and other staff and volunteers
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.
To collect the guest from their home
Drive them to Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre, stopping for refreshment when necessary
At the end of the Holiday collect them from Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre and drive them home
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.
Minimum of 2 years driving experience
An enjoyment for driving
Careful, considerate and patient driver
Be able to assist blind and partially sighted people (we can assist with training)
Ability to understand the issues faced by individuals with sight loss.
Non-judgmental and able to treat people with respect.
Have an interest in supporting people in the community.
Good sense of humour.
Honest and trustworthy.
A willingness to work in an environment with guide dogs.
References and a Criminal Records Bureau Check are required for this role.
Torch has a flexible approach to the hours for which an individual volunteers for the Trust. This role does not have any fixed pattern for volunteering, each journey will take several hours – we do not anticipate that is role will involve many trips per year.
Volunteers’ cars must be in good condition, roadworthy, insured for voluntary work, taxed, MOT etc.
Drivers must take regular breaks, at least taking breaks every two hours
Drivers are to comply strictly with the various Road Traffic Acts and regulations
It is expected that all volunteers:
Promote the good name of Torch at all times.
Ensure that actions and behaviours are in line with Torch ethos and values.
Comply with organisational policies and procedures.