Volunteer – Role Profile

Gardening & Maintenance

Torch Ethos

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.

Occupational Requirements

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

Reports to

Michael Heaney

In cooporatation with

Graham Moody

Main Purpose

As part of the gardening and maintenance team, to keep building and grounds in a high standard of repair and order.

Main duties and responsibilities

The following is a broad comprehensive outline of the work involved. Volunteers will be allocated jobs which suit their experience and abilities.

Desirable Skills

Expected hours and pattern of Volunteering

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.

Risk Assessment

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.