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.
Gardening and Maintenance
As part of the gardening and maintenance team, to keep building and grounds in a high standard of repair and order.
The following is a broad comprehensive outline of the work involved. Volunteers will be allocated jobs which suit their experience and abilities.
Cut grass at Torch House and maintain the dog run area.
Keep the paths clear and free of weeds
Keep borders weed free, and the shrubs in shape
Keeping painting to a high standard (exterior, ground floor only)
Basic repairs to chairs, tables etc.
Basic maintenance tasks – changing light bulbs, repairing taps etc.
Practical skills are essential.
Those with qualifications in certain areas are welcome to apply, although no specific qualifications are required – no one will be asked to do work for which they are not competent.
Able to work alone or with others. Comfortable working without direct supervision for periods of time.
A working knowledge of practical, basic Health and Safety requirements will be needed, or we will provide appropriate training.
Have and empathy for blind and partially sighted people.
Training will be provided.
Torch has a flexible approach to the hours for which an individual volunteers for the Trust. It is anticipated that this role will be one hour a week for a mutually agreed period of time.
Operators of mechanical equipment will be required to confirm that they are not on any medication that causes drowsiness; Volunteers and are not to operate equipment when feeling drowsy or unwell.
Periods working outdoors when the weather is wet, cold or otherwise inclement is to be kept to a minimum so that operatives do not suffer from excessive cold.
Volunteers are not to use sharp or other equipment with which they are not familiar without due care and training.
Any work requiring the use of ladders or steps is to be discussed with the Health and Safety Officer before work commences.
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.