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Posted: 18th August 2017 by Julia Hyde

Torch Trust is welcoming old friends and new at an open day on Saturday 16th September at Torch House.  We are celebrating and giving Thanks for a fabulous year and inviting people to come along and find out about what Torch offers for people with sight loss locally and nationally. 

Every day 100 people across the UK begin to lose their sight and only 17% of people are offered emotional support at the time of diagnosis. 

Torch Trust is a christian response for those with sight loss and has a range of resources and services to offer christian support and companionship. 

Please come along and join us at Torch House on Saturday 16th September join our Thanksgiving celebration at 2pm or come along later for refreshments and chance to meet the team.  

Work with Torch

Posted: 17th May 2017 by Grace Davis

Torch has a number of vacancies for staff and volunteers, could you join the journey? Read on to find out more about roles in Leicestershire, West Sussex and across the UK...

We're looking for a Cook at our Holiday & Retreat Centre in Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex. This is a permanent position for an experienced and enthusiastic cook with a proven track record to deliver the highest standards and fresh food to our Holiday Centre guests. Our centre provides holidays and support for people with sight loss and a large proportion are elderly.

At our headquarters in Market Harborough, Leicestershire we are looking for a new person to join our Client Services team. An exciting customer-facing opportunity for someone looking for a full time paid position for Christian service. Contact is mostly with blind and partially sighted people, primarily by telephone and email. We are looking for a friendly, hospitable person who can learn and manage our computer systems to give information our clients are requesting, and/or offer encouragement and prayerful support where appropriate.

For more information on these vacancies and how to apply visit our jobs page here.

And if you'd like to volunteer with Torch, we have a great need for audio readers and editors. The roles require people who can read, record and edit books and publications as required by the Audio Transcription Coordinator. Subject to agreement, the work can be carried out at Torch premises or at home. To learn more and view our other volunteer vacancies visit our volunteers page here.

David Suchet Bible Recall

Posted: 9th March 2017 by James Brookman

It has come to our attention that some verses from the New Testament CD of our Daisy NIV Bible, voiced by David Suchet, are missing.

When it was first produced a computer was used to automatically split up David's Bible recording into its constituent verses but somehow 7 of the 8000 were by-passed. All of them are important but this one from 2 Corinthians 4:7 especially so:

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."

Please contact us if you have one of these Daisy Bibles and we will replace it free of charge (the Megavoice version is unaffected). Although the above problems only affect the New Testament CD we did also find some minor issues with the Old Testament, like repeated verses, so all 4 CDs need replacing.

Getting Ready for Lent

Posted: 8th February 2017 by Grace Davis

Lent is fast approaching with Ash Wednesday being on 1st March this year and we have some wonderful resources to share with you, read on to find out more...

Receiving Christ in 5 ways (York course)

This course raises big questions. Aren’t we all children of God anyway? Just how can we receive Christ? And what does it mean to have ‘a relationship with God’?

In a course crammed with discussable questions, John Young teases out from the New Testament different ways in which we receive Christ. John’s course booklet is supplemented by four leading Christians, from a variety of backgrounds, on the course CD. Together they demonstrate that St John’s theology in his magisterial Gospel has very practical implications for our day-to-day lives. Available now in braille and large print. Price £3.59.

At the Cross by Abby Guinness

In this Cover to Cover Lent study guide we consider the experiences of six Bible characters who witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus. Their stories and responses can help us find a fresh perspective on the death and resurrection of Jesus and the wider implications of what was achieved for individuals and all humanity. Discover a creative approach to exploring the Bible, with textual and historical insights alongside group discussion topics and personal application. Available now in braille and large print. Price £4.99.

Dethroning Mammon by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

In his first full-length book Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism. Designed for study in the weeks of Lent leading up to Easter, Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will be on the throne of our lives? Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive? Available now in braille, audio and large print, to purchase or borrow from the Torch library. Price £9.99.

More to Explore

At Torch we now have a good selection of titles, either covering the whole of Lent or the days of Holy Week and Easter itself. Just call us on 01858 438266 or email for inspiration. Visit our Literature pages to check out our entire catalogue or resources to borrow or buy.

Read all about it with Premier Christianity Lite

Posted: 4th January 2017 by Grace Davis

Torch is delighted to announce that from January 2017 we are introducing Premier Christianity Lite, a new 'lite' edition of Premier Christianity magazine, which will be available in braille and large print (17pt or 25pt).

Premier Christianity is the most popular Christian magazine in the UK and contains informative articles, interviews, and news. The new magazine will be available monthly for both UK and overseas readers.

The 'lite' version allows us to contain the magazine in a more manageable two volumes per edition.

If you prefer audio, a more complete edition of Premier Christianity is available on DAISY audio CD or USB memory stick.

Although we won't charge you for the magazine, you might wish to make a regular voluntary donation to cover our costs - we suggest approximately £35 per year (the full print magazine is £5 per month or £42.00 for an annual subscription).

To subscribe, please contact our Client Services team on 01858 438260 or email

Christmas Greetings from Torch

Posted: 19th December 2016 by Joel Moody

We'd like to wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year. May God bless you and his presence surround you.

It's been a busy season here at Torch Trust and we'd like to thank all of our supporters, our clients, staff and our volunteers for the wonderful work they have done throughout the year.

In 2017 we have a lot to look forward to, read on to find out more...

Our Reflections show will be continuing on Premier Christian Radio and RNIB Connect Radio with even more exciting content. The show is available as a monthly CD and podcast so there's no reason to miss it! The CD is available to people who are able to be registered as blind or partially sighted and is free, just ring Client Services on 01858 438 260 to sign up. The podcast is available on SoundCloud here, or by searching iTunes for ‘Reflections from Torch Trust’.

Our Journeying With and Journeying With by Phone services will continue to expand, new volunteers are undergoing training and we're committed to continue spreading the word far and wide. If you're interested in signing up give us a call on 01858 438 260. Also have a read of our dedicated Journeying With website here.

The Torch magazine will now be 4 issues through the year. Each issue will include more content than ever before so you won’t miss out on exciting interviews, stories and much more. To keep updated or to find out more about The Torch or any other magazine produced by Torch click here or email us  

We've got plenty of great holidays coming up at the Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre, starting with Gadgets Week – a week to engage with technology for people with sight loss. Places are available for that holiday and others - including our Moving Forward breaks for people who are adjusting to sight loss. To find out more visit the HRC web pages here or ring the Centre on 01273 832282.

The Torch library will also continue to expand as we add more books to our catalogue. We will no longer use cassette tapes. Our audio books on DAISY and USB will still be available. If the book you require is only on cassette we can transfer it to DAISY CD on request. You can find out more about the books we have available and search the catalogue by visiting our Literature section here.

That's just a small selection of our services and goings-on for next year so do check back in the New Year for more information on what's coming in 2017! We wish you Merry Christmas from Torch Trust and God bless!

Christmas Carol Service 2016

Posted: 6th December 2016 by Grace Davis

WebSize_TorchTrust_17-09-16_8544.jpgTorch Trust invites you to our Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 14th December from 2 pm - 4 pm at Torch House!

There will be a warm Christmas welcome for all featuring popular carols with mince pies, tea & coffee. Free admission and no need to book!

Call Michael Heaney or Carol Nokes on 01858 438260 or email if you need more information.

Announcing Our Christmas Special TorchTalk Group!

Posted: 21st November 2016 by Grace Davis

Have you heard of TorchTalk? It's our great telephone friendship group service, which offers Christian support, fellowship and fun from the comfort of your own home! And today we're announcing our special annual Christmas Group...

This Group will be an encouraging, warm celebration of Christmas and the coming of Christ, as well as an opportunity for spiritual reflection within a Group of friendly like-minded people. The Group will be taking place at 11am on Thursday December 22nd.

It's easy to sign up for TorchTalk - all you have to do is contact Jan in Client Services to register your interest. Just call us on 01858 438 260, or email - so don't delay, register now! When you have joined a group, you will be telephoned at that group's start time and connected to the conversation, all you have to do is pick up the phone!

There are plenty of other TorchTalk Groups available too, some regular, some short-term and some one-off special Groups. To find out more visit our TorchTalk Groups page. We'll have more groups starting in the new year, including a five-week Lent Group - so stay tuned for more information!

Join us at the No Limits conference - 12th November

Posted: 1st November 2016 by Grace Davis

Join us on Saturday 12th November at the No Limits conference: a great day of encouragement and inspiration where you can find out more about how you can support and facilitate people with additional needs and disabilities. Hosted by Churches For All, this conference has a special focus on children and young people - but rest assured there is still plenty for all ages at this event!

The conference has a brilliant line up of speakers and workshops, more information can be found at

Spaces are still available! Book your ticket here:

If you know anyone who you think might be interested, please do spread the word!

A social activity you can do at home - perfect for the winter months!

Posted: 14th October 2016 by Grace Davis

Although it's still autumn, with the darker nights and colder weather drawing in we can't help but be aware that winter is coming! So to keep you busy in those winter nights, why not sign up to a TorchTalk group? It's a great way to socialise with like-minded people from the comfort of your own home. Read on to learn more...

TorchTalk groups are simple to join - just register your interest with our Client Services team and at the time of the group you'll be called and added in.

We have a variety of regular groups available, here are just some examples:

  • Every Monday 2-3 pm, ‘Say a Little Prayer’, a mixed prayer Group praying for the needs of Torch and each other
  • Every last Tuesday of the month, 'Parent Link': a Group for visually impaired Mums and Dads with children under the age of 16.
  • Every Wednesday 11-11.55 am, 'The Word Heard and Shared', exploring characters relating to Biblical accounts of the crucifixion and resurrection.
  • Every Wednesday 7-8 pm, ‘God Evening’, men only formed out of Brothers in Christ
  • 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.

We also run seasonal groups, starting on October 17th will be the Harvest Group, and running from the end of November until Christmas will be a special Advent Group.

For more details on any these just call 01858 438 260 or email

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