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; Open; Creative
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 is at Leadership level and it is therefore a requirement that the person holding the appointment sets an active example in Christian leadership that reflects the Torch Ethos. The role also 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 a committed Christian and able to accept the Torch Basis of Faith.
As a crucial aspect of the implementation of our 5-year Strategic Plan we are up-scaling our communications and information sharing.
We need to reach more and engage our audiences more deeply.
There are four audiences that are important to us ...
Clients - blind and partially sighted people and those losing their sight (UK and overseas)
Professionals - those that support, guide and signpost Clients (and international partners)
Churches - leaders and pastoral teams that can work in partnership with Torch to make a difference in lives of Clients locally.
Supporters - those who support Torch by prayer, volunteering or donation.
We will use a multiplicity of methods, recognising that effective information sharing now require a more interactive and engaging approach and that social media will figure large in our future communications programme, and also in service provision.
Our website(s) is being overhauled in content, organisation and presentation and will become the primary way of providing information to our various audiences.
With the aim of serving a growing number of people living with sight loss we will strive to extend our reach through well targeted and engaging information.
The resources we need to operate come largely from the support of Christian people so we also need to be effective in engaging this audience too. So for Torch to become more effective we need to become better at sharing with both audiences.
We will give attention to the “who”, “what” and “how” of our information and commit to a programme of work to greatly improve it with an emphasis on reaching those we exist to serve.
Information Services Leader
Chief Executive and other Executive staff as appropriate.
In addition to external agencies and personnel you will be drawing on the efforts and expertise of staff and volunteers from across the organisation.
All current Leaders and in particular the Executive Team of :
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Development Officer
Chief Technical Officer
This is a permanent full time 35 hours per week salaried appointment based at Torch House, Market Harborough, Leicestershire. Salary £22331 p.a.
To work with and support the Executive and Leadership of the Torch Trust by leading, developing, planning, managing and delivering appropriate and engaging information, including news and product/services information, to the various audiences with which Torch connects – and to extend and widen our reach to those audiences.
To achieve this you will need to draw together skills and resources inside the organisation and outside of it, making creative use of those resources within the budget constraints.
Your effectiveness will be witnessed in the widening awareness of Torch Trust, to both those who benefit from our activities and services and those who support the work through prayer, finance or volunteering.
Plan and deliver campaigns and projects to share initiatives across the range of Torch audiences and Torch activities as agreed with the Executive Team
Maintain the content of the Torch Trust website(s)
Plan and oversee social media activities
Prepare and maintain a compact range of promotional and informative print literature with accessible media counterparts
Oversee the origination and design of Torch News and other informational publications
Manage design agency and other relevant sub-contractor relationships
Plan and organise Torch presence at exhibitions
Identify and capitalise on promotional opportunities to raise the profile of Torch
Develop and place advertising, working within a limited budget
Such other tasks and duties as appropriate within the scope of the role
This is a key appointment in Torch Trust; as such the person appointed will be able to demonstrate a sense of God’s calling to the work and be able to show that they are motivated by their personal Christian faith in this work.
The following attributes are essential requirements
A track record of creating (or supervising the creation of) clear informative information in written and graphical form, whether on paper or on-line.
Resourceful and goal orientated
Organised and purposeful
Capable of pulling together a campaign or product/service launch
A history of effective team work
A hands on, practical and can do attitude
Some experience of both print and digital media
Ability to write creatively and/or utilise freelance writers
An eye for a ‘story’ and proven ability to develop it
A humble servant heart with a demonstrable empathy with blind, partially sighted and other disabled people.
Torch Trust for the Blind
Charity Number 109504