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 a committed Christian and able to accept the Torch Basis of Faith, as per the attached document.
Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre (HRC) is set in a most attractive area close to the South Downs and adjacent to a bustling town. The Centre has been developed by Torch over a period of many years to provide a retreat, holiday and leisure base primarily for those who are blind or partially sighted. In recent years we have provided a Christ-centred programme that includes: activity holidays particularly focussed on providing an imaginative programme of activities for blind and partially sighted people; weekend conferences; day conferences; church and group conferences.
The Centre itself accommodates up to 22 guests and includes a lounge, dining room, TV room, sun lounge and a pleasant garden looking onto the South Downs. We provide full board accommodation and an inclusive programme of activities.
International Volunteer – Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre
Torch is only able to accept applicants that are over 18 and can stay for a minimum period of 3 months.
Liz Kinning – Facility Manager Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre.
Assistant Manger Hospitality and other staff and volunteers
To assist in the smooth running of the centre through helping with all the day-to-day activities involved in running holidays and conferences. In particular, supporting blind and partially sighted people on the holidays.
Kitchen cleaning and preparation
Set up, clearing and serving of meals
General hosting duties, coffee breaks etc.
Cooking and preparation of breakfast (training can be provided)
Preparing guest rooms and doing orientation of room facilities to guests
Acting as a sighted guide for outings and visits (training can be provided)
To be responsible for the general presentation of the premises, including security
Porterage tasks as required including setting up and clearing away furniture
Complying with the requirements of Health and Safety, and assisting with evacuation procedures
Acting as a Driver of the Minibus (17 seater)
Carrying out any other reasonable duties within the overall function of the job of a Hospitality Assistant
Good communication and organisational skills
Ability to work independently in a calm, mature and professional manner
Enthusiastic, innovative and flexible
Friendly personality to be able to interact with staff and guests
Proven skills in the area of responsibility
Good IT skills
Clean Driving Licence
An empathy with blind and disabled people
Respectful of the values and ethos of the Holiday and Retreat Centre
Enthusiasm for dealing with unexpected eventualities as they occur at any time of the day
Accommodation, food and an allowance of £45.00 as week
Generally volunteers work 6 – 8 hours per day with lunch / tea breaks taken on-site. On occasions you may be required to work longer hours depending on the nature of the work. You will have two days off each week, though these may not always be two days together and not always at the weekend.
Torch HRC is a busy active place to be, but there are quieter period and there is a need for volunteers to take the initiative in building up their own contacts and joining in the various local activities. In the past volunteers have done this very successfully.
Volunteers who have little English have on occasions found that two volunteers can be of a support to one another. Our accommodation is limited, this will mean we need to restrict the number of volunteers and mixed sexes can be a problem.
There are schools locally at Burgess Hill and Brighton that can provide language training. Details need to be checked with these schools but it has been possible to obtain good quality certified training. Torch will be willing to assist in attendance at these schools.
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.