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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

Torch at CRE South East 2016

Posted: 21st September 2016 by Grace Davis

Torch is going to CRE South East - and we'd love to meet you there! Come along and say hello to the Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre exhibition team on Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th October at Kent Event Centre. And don't forget to request your free ticket from Torch Trust...

We'll be at stand B21 with our Holiday and Retreat Centre exhibit so pop by and learn all about our great programme of Torch Holidays - including our ever-popular Moving Forward breaks, designed to encourage, equip, and enable people on their sight loss journey.

Exhibition details:

Where: Kent Event Centre, Kent Showground, Detling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3JF

When: Wednesday 12th October 10 am - 5 pm and Thursday 13th October 10 am - 4:30pm

To request your complimentary ticket to the exhibition just get in touch with Client Services on 01858 438260 or email

Annual Thanksgiving Celebration and Open Day

Posted: 6th September 2016 by Grace Davis

We are happy to announce our annual Open Day and Thanksgiving Service! This year it will be taking place at Torch House on Saturday 17th September in Market Harborough - and we'd love to see you there!

IMG_3020 NEW.jpgRunning from 2 pm until 5 pm and including a celebration service and refreshments, the day is a wonderful chance to find out more about the work of Torch and how we support people with sight loss - plus how that work is growing and changing!

So why not come along and find out just how Torch supports people with sight loss by providing resources, activities and friendship with a distinctively Christian flavour!

- Interactive displays and guided tours
- Free refreshments
- Thanksgiving celebration service at 4pm

Free parking onsite, service animals welcome.

New books in the Torch library!

Posted: 20th July 2016 by Grace Davis

Front covers of the Beech Bank Girls booksTorch is pleased to announce that, in partnership with Dernier Publishing, the complete series of Beech Bank Girls books is now available in accessible media!

Aimed at younger readers, from about 10 to 14 years old, these books tell the story of six teenage friends facing issues of family, friendship and faith.

There are four books in the series, currently available from Torch in giant print with braille and DAISY audio soon to be added. If you'd like to find out more about what the Torch postal lending library can offer you, do get in touch! The library is free to use for anyone who has sight loss. We also have many books available to purchase in a variety of accessible media, including large print, braille, DAISY and USB audio. Just contact us on 01858 438260 or email

Reflections Podcast Available!

Posted: 6th June 2016 by Grace Davis

Image show Marilyn Baker and Grace Davis sitting in a recording booth.If you're already a regular listener to Torch's weekly national radio show, Reflections, you might know about our monthly podcast! It's hosted by blind Christian singer-songwriter Marilyn Baker and draws together a whole month's worth of Reflections episodes. To listen to it, click here or read on to find out more...

Reflections is the show from Torch Trust that focuses on faith and disability in today's world. It's just fifteen minutes long but is packed with inspiring, informative and entertaining guests, prayers, songs, readings and more! You can listen to the show on Sundays, on RNIB Connect Radio just after the 9 am news or on Premier Christian Radio at 4 pm.

The podcast can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud and Tunein, and it's free for anyone to download or stream, just follow these links to SoundCloud or Tunein or search for Torch Trust in iTunes.

If you are blind or partially sighted you can also sign up to receive a free CD copy of the Reflections podcast every month. Just call Client Services on 01858 438260 or email

We hope you enjoy the show!

Annual Day of Prayer

Posted: 29th April 2016 by Grace Davis

Torch HouseThis year's Day of Prayer will be taking place on Wednesday 1st June at Torch House, it's a great time when staff and volunteers come together to pray for the year ahead - and perhaps you would like to pray with us from where you are!

We'll be praying for the diverse ministries of Torch, people to fill staff and volunteer vacancies, and God’s provision to continue to fulfil our range of work, and plenty more. So, if you feel that would like to join us in prayer, please do so. We thank you for your contined prayer for the work of Torch and give thanks to God for all of our supporters.

God bless!

Sight Loss Awareness Training Event

Posted: 16th March 2016 by Grace Davis

We are holding a sight loss awareness training session in Hull on April 28th to help equip churches to support the 18,000 people living with sight loss in Hull & East Yorkshire. The event is completely free and includes light refreshments.

It'll be a great chance to learn more about the many ways your church could support people with light loss and help to ensure that we have a truly open, inclusive church. Read on to find out more!

At the event you'll have a chance to:

- Gain skills to build your confidence in communicating with people with sight loss.

- Learn how your church can make a real commitment to including people with sight loss in the life and ministry of the church

- Be inspired in mission to people with sight loss

The event will begin at 10 am, coffee and registration from 9:30, and will end at 1 pm. For more information and to register contact: / 07446 898149

Fresh hope and new beginnings - by phone!

Posted: 11th February 2016 by Grace Davis

Michael on the telephoneAfter last year's successful launch of our befriending scheme, Journeying With, we are pleased to announce that our telephone counterpart service Journeying With by Phone is also up and running!

Both schemes aim to support people who are challenged by adjusting to sight loss, and we're looking forward to growing the schemes throughout the UK...

We know that emotionally sight loss can bring a sense of isolation and exclusion, while practically speaking the list of difficulties is endless. Some describe the trauma of sight loss as being similar to a bereavement. Our volunteers are able to journey alongside and offer the gift of encouragement and support on a regular basis; so that whatever they are facing, they don’t do it alone.

Our first trained Christian volunteers have been matched with clients. Offering a friendly supportive telephone call once a week, for a period of 6 months, they are a ‘listening ear’ and provide invaluable emotional and practical support at a time of crisis. 

Here’s what Judith had to say about the benefit of telephone befriending…

"Meeting my needs and giving me emotional support or whatever you want to call it. I had a need to process what was happening to me in my life. It's a challenge and a struggle but I feel encouraged to persevere."

Please do pray for our volunteers and for those that they are befriending. We hope to see a growing number of trained volunteers able to support clients in this way in the coming months, and would ask you to pray for the scheme.   

If you are interested in finding out more about Journeying With by Phone please do get in touch and give Client Services a call (Tel: 01858 438260), or visit our dedicated Journeying With website.

Getting ready for Lent

Posted: 11th January 2016 by Grace Davis

Lent is coming and it's an early one this year - are you prepared? Yes, February 10th marks Ash Wednesday and, as ever, we have some wonderful new resources ready for you - including a freebie!

Read on to find out more...Dust and Glory

Dust and Glory by David Runcorn is our Lent addition to the Torch catalogue. This book 'ranges across the whole business of living and believing, where the questions are as important as the answers...' Runcorn focuses on the idea of authentic faith, of believing in a very real way and living the faith every day. This book will be available to buy or borrow in braille, large print (to borrow: 25pt, to buy: 17, 20, 25 & 30pt) and DAISY audio. It will cost £7.99 to purchase.

Our freebie this year is The Mystery of the Resurrection, a short tract written by Rev Malcom Lorimer which imagines famous television detectives examining the events of Jesus' resurrection. It's a light, different approach to the 'case' we know so well and a great way to get people talking about the Resurrection! This booklet is available in braille, large print (in 17, 20, 25 & 30pt), audio CD and DAISY.

Finally, we have a new York Course, entitled The Psalms: prayers for today's church. Designed for both groups and individuals, the course is divided into five sessions perfect for use at Lent, Advent or any time of the year. Bishop Stephen Cottrell, one of the contributors to this course said 'This course will introduce you to the psalms as God's offer of words to shape your praying.' This is available to buy only, in braille and large print (in 17, 20, 25 & 30pt) and will cost £4.00.

Happy Christmas from Torch Trust

Posted: 24th December 2015 by Grace Davis

We'd like to wish all our clients, supporters and friends a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. May God's blessing be upon you and his presence surround you.

In 2016 we have a lot to look forward to, read on to find out more...

  • 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, as a client or a volunteer, have a read of our dedicated Journeying With website here or give us a call on 01858 438 260.
  • We've got plenty of great holidays coming up at the Torch Holiday and Retreat Centre, starting with our Easter! Places are still 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.
  • Our Reflections show will be continuing on Premier Christian Radio and RNIB Insight Radio. The show is also now 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 to sign up. The podcast is available on SoundCloud here.
  • The Torch library will also continue to expand as we add more books to our catalogue. We will be moving away from the use of cassette tapes over the year with our audio books appearing on DAISY and USB. 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 2016! Until then, merry Christmas and God bless!

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