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Christian resources and activities for blind
and partially sighted people worldwide.

TorchTalk Groups

TorchTalk - Telephone Friendship Groups

TorchTalk Groups aim to provide Christian friendship, support, encouragement and fun to people experiencing sight loss (especially those unable to easily access Christian and social activities) via Telephone Friendship Groups.

How they work

Telephone groups offer blind and partially sighted people the opportunity to share and fellowship with others from the comfort of their own armchair. For example, as part of a TorchTalk Group, a person in London could find themself chatting with folk in Scotland, Cornwall or Norfolk - in fact anywhere in the UK.

Each Group – usually between 6 to 10 people - seeks to reflect the interests of the people involved. For example, some might prefer a closer look at key Bible passages, others a lighter social Group, and others a Book Group or Prayer Group. Each TorchTalk Group runs either weekly or monthly for up to an hour, with a trained facilitator. Group membership is open to anyone with vision impairment, free of charge (donation appreciated). Contact Jan Turner on Wednesday or Thursday mornings, or Client Services at any time on 01858 438260 or for some information about either being a participant or a facilitator.

Torch Talk Groups

Torch Trust currently offers people with sight loss a wide range of TorchTalk Groups including short-term seasonal groups, men's groups, and a monthly book group.

We will continually be starting new Groups both regular and seasonal ones. The seasonal Groups will often coincide with a Christian anniversary or dovetail with a seasonal theme of the year.

To register your interest or for more information please call a member of our Client Services Team on 01858 438260.

Current Groups

  • Every Monday 2-3 pm, ‘Say a Little Prayer’, a mixed prayer Group praying for the needs of Torch and each other.
  • Every Tuesday 2-3 pm, ‘Brothers in Christ’, men only discussing topical issues and sharing Christian experiences.
  • ON PAUSE UNTIL SEPTEMBER Every Wednesday 11-11.55 am, 'The Word Heard and Shared', in-depth Bible study to help you continue your Christian journey and grow in faith.
  • Every Wednesday 7-8 pm, ‘God Evening’, a group where men can share fellowship, discussion and support each other in their Christian walk. 
  • Every Thursday 7-8 pm, ‘Guiding Lights’, a ladies only group who pray together and share friendship and fellowship.
  • 2nd Thursday each month, 2.30-3.30 pm, ‘Bookworms’, a friendly telelephone book group where you can discuss a book that has been previously sent to you from our wide-ranging Torch library.
  • Every Friday from 2.30 - 3.30, 'Bible Explorers', mixed group for anyone who enjoys Bible study.
  • Every first Sunday of the month at 3 pm we will be having a Sunday Service Group, aimed at people who may not be able to get to church.
  • 1st Monday each month from 7 - 8 pm, 'Scottish Group', a group for those who are Scottish or who live in Scotland and want to enjoy fellowship together.
  • 1st Friday each month, 7.30 - 8.30, a Skype group for younger visually impaired people.

Upcoming group; we are looking for participants who are interested in the following new group:

  • Due to start in August, a weekly group on Wednesdays at 11 - 12 pm featuring a new guest speaker every week.
  • Due to start in September, 'Christian to the Core Course', a weekly course running for six weeks.
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