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Announcing Our Christmas Eve TorchTalk Group!

Posted: 27th November 2015 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 Eve 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 9am on December 24th.

It's easy to sign up for TorchTalk - all you have to do is contact Suzanne 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!

Getting ready for Advent

Posted: 3rd November 2015 by Grace

Advent is fast approaching and Torch has some great resources to help you get ready for the Christmas period!

Once again, we are adding a new Advent book to our catalogues, as well as a great little freebie.

Our Advent book this year is Comings and Goings by Gordon Giles, published by BRF and is available to loan in braille, DAISY, USB and large print sizes 17pt, 20pt, 25pt & 30pt. The purchase price is £7.99 in all media except USB, in which it is only available to loan.

Our FREE give-away this year comes from the Hayes Press and is called: Who is better than Santa? This short tract is available in Audio CD, braille and giant print.

And don't forget, we have a range of Advent and Christmas books available to loan and to buy, in various formats. If you would like to find out more, order a book or join the Torch free lending library, do get in touch. You can call us on 01858 438 260 or email

Time for a break?

Posted: 9th October 2015 by Grace Davis

We have a few spaces left on our last few holidays of 2015 at our lovely Holiday and Retreat Centre in West Sussex! Completely refurbished and extended, the Centre is open and ready to welcome you!

Upcoming holidays include:

  • The Great Torch Bake Off 19th - 23rd October
  • Fact and Fiction 2nd - 6th November
  • Moving Forward 20th - 23rd November

Or if you're starting to think about next year's holiday, you can view our full list of 2016 breaks in the holidays area of our website!

What’s special about a Torch Holiday? Guests who return to us year after year say that it’s the warm welcome of Torch Holiday & Retreat Centre as a real ‘home from home’; and the understanding and acceptance in a place where, as one guest said, ‘it’s normal to be blind’. Another special feature of a Torch Holiday is the holistic care on offer. With its strong Christian ethos, there’s a daily opportunity for guests to take time to think about their spiritual wellbeing and welfare as well as being refreshed physically and mentally. The centre welcomes blind and partially sighted people of all faiths and none; it’s a place of peace, prayer, personal retreat and renewal.

Torch is at CRE Midlands this October

Posted: 30th September 2015 by Grace Davis

Are you going to CRE Midlands? Come along and meet our Journeying With team there on October 7th and 8th!

We'll be in the Caring and Enabling Zone this year with our stand and we'd love to say hello! CRE Midlands is on from 10 am to 5 pm on Wednesday 7th, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Thursday 8th. The exhibition will include over 180 exhibitors, more than 40 practical and resourcing seminars, and a great range of Christian music and theatre.

Torch's CEO Gordon Temple will hosting a seminar on both days called 'Pastoral Responses to Disability and Chronic Illness', this will be at midday on Wednesday and 1 pm on Thursday.

The exhibition is being held at the NEC, for more information visit CRE's website or for directions to the NEC, visit the following link:

  • A unique exhibition of Christian resources with an anticipated 180+ exhibitors.
  • An extensive range of books, music and resources to buy.
  • The latest multimedia equipment & expert advice.
  • Over 40 practical and resourcing seminars.
  • The best in Christian theatre and music.
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  • A unique exhibition of Christian resources with an anticipated 180+ exhibitors.
  • An extensive range of books, music and resources to buy.
  • The latest multimedia equipment & expert advice.
  • Over 40 practical and resourcing seminars.
  • The best in Christian theatre and music.
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Thanksgiving Celebration Saturday September 19th 2015!

Posted: 4th September 2015 by Grace Davis

Come along and join us for our annual Thanksgiving Celebration - taking place this year at our extended and wonderfully refurbished Holiday and Retreat Centre in West Sussex!

  • Learn more about the work of Torch Trust, in the UK and further afield.
  • Relax with light refreshments and live music.
  • Finish the day with a Service of Thanksgiving!

The event starts at 2 pm and ends at 5 pm. For directions and more information about the Centre, visit our Holidays page!

We are also holding an open day at the Holiday and Retreat Centre on Satuday 12th September, as part of the Hurst Festival 2015. The day will run from 10 am to 4 pm and will be a great chance to explore the Centre, find out all about Torch and to enjoy some good company and delicious refreshments! To find out more telephone 01273 832282.

Moving Forward Breaks - Spaces Available!

Posted: 18th August 2015 by Grace Davis

We are happy to announce that our fully-refurbished and upgraded Holiday and Retreat Centre in West Sussex is open for business - and we still have a few spaces on our Moving Forward breaks for people who have learned they are losing their sight.

Taking place over four days, Moving Forward breaks feature

  • advice and training on how to deal with everyday life,
  • an overview of available equipment and support services,
  • time to speak one-to-one about matters of concern,
  • information about benefits which may be available,
  • opportunities for reflection, prayer and relaxation.

The breaks are hosted by Centre Manager Gail Millar, a qualified Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, and her team of friendly, passionate staff. Moving Forward breaks cost £220, this includes accommodation, meals, and all sessions.

The next Moving Forward breaks will take place on 20 - 23 November 2015, and 18 - 21 March 2016. To find out more visit the Holidays section of our website or telephone 01273 832282.

Regional Coordinators needed!

Posted: 8th July 2015 by Grace Davis

Torch has an extensive network of local and diverse Groups serving and supporting the needs of blind and partially sighted people. Regional Coordinators promote Torch in the region as well as helping support and develop these Groups.

The role of the Coordinator is varied and depends much upon their gifting. Attending exhibitions, visiting local Torch Groups, and alerting people with sight loss to the services Torch offers are some of the tasks Coordinators cover.

We are specifically interested in working with Christians located in London, Surrey, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Shropshire and Gloucestershire. We offer our Coordinators support, resources and training, as well as covering all expenses. The first step for each of us is saying: ‘Here I am, send me.’

To register interest as a Coordinator or learn more, please phone 01858 438260 or email You can also view all of our vacancies on the page Work with Torch.

Disability Sunday 2015

Posted: 3rd June 2015 by Grace Davis

Disability Sunday is an annual day for churches to celebrate the abilities of disabled people. This year it’s on 5th July.

Churches for All is offering new downloadable Disability Sunday resources for use in churches. The pack includes interactive sermon outlines, a drama, resource booklet, materials for Sunday schools and more.

Here's what Tim Wood, CEO of Through the Roof has to say about Disability Sunday: 'A recent survey by SCOPE revealed that 67% of people admit to avoiding disabled people.  Often, this stems from anxiety about unwittingly offending or encountering needs one cannot meet.

The theme for Disability Sunday this year is friendship.

Visit the Churches for All website to download the resource pack or, to obtain a copy in a variety of formats, phone our Client Services team at Torch House.

CRE International

Posted: 13th May 2015 by Grace Davis

Join us at CRE International! We look foward to meeting you in the Caring and Enabling Zone, at stand HW15!

The event takes place at the ExCel Exhibition Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL, from 19th - 22nd May.

Torch CEO Dr. Gordon Temple will be presenting two free seminars: 'Insight into Disability' and 'Insight into Sight Loss' and South West Area Presence Developer Janet Eardley will be presenting the 'Is your church sight loss friendly?' seminar. Each day at the exhibition, Marilyn Baker will be presenting the Reflections Radio live chat show, at 11am.

To receive your complementary ticket, just follow the on-screen instructions here.

Why Not Join a TorchTalk Group?

Posted: 13th April 2015 by Grace Davis

TorchTalk Groups aim to provide Christian friendship, support, encouragement and fun to people experiencing sight loss via Telephone Friendship Groups - with two brand new Groups starting in April!

Beginning Friday April 17th, and running for 5 sessions only, the Spring Themed Group takes a look at the new life all around us and the way the beauty of Jesus can be reflected in everyday life.

Or, for visually impaired Mums and Dads, we have Parent Link. This Group will run on the last Tuesday of every month, starting from April 28th.

If you are interested in these, or any of our other Groups, visit our page here: Groups and Fellowship or give us a ring on 01858 438260.

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