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. The person undertaking these duties is not expected to have close contact with our users and is therefore not required to accept the Torch Basis of Faith however they are required to acknowledge that they are working for a Christian Mission and to have sympathy with, and understanding of, the Torch Ethos.
This department is the real nuts and bolts part of the work of Torch. You will be working with a committed team of staff and volunteers to ensure our service users receive literature from us. Many blind and partially sighted people are lonely and rely on the regular supply of books and literature from Torch; ensuring we administrate books and literature promptly and efficiently is a vital part of the service we give. In helping to make this department run smoothly you will be participating in the central mission of Torch.
Logistics Assistant Team Member
Michael Mills and Graham Moody
Other volunteers and members of staff
This work involves sending out, sorting and filing many of the publications and library books we send to our service users.
Collecting library books (Braille, giant print and audio media) from the shelves
Scanning books out and packing them for postage
Scanning books in and re-shelving items returned by borrowers
Addressing magazines to be sent out
Processing damaged books/CDs
Should be able to work quickly, and be able to adapt to changeable workloads. Enjoy working with others, but also be able to work individually too. Should be conscientious and attentive to detail with a systematic, methodical approach. 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. We anticipate that this role will be at least 4 hours (half a day) a week.
There are no significant risks involved in this work. However the production equipment is in the same area of building, should you be asked to work on any of this equipment you will receive the appropriate training.
If there are occasions when you need to lift packages that are heavier than normal ask for assistance and ensure you comply with manual handling recommendations.
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.