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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.

Celebrate Easter with Torch Trust and Carol Eddon

Posted: 31st March 2015 by Grace Davis

Carol Eddon's Easter reflection - Celebrate Easter with Torch Trust - is on 2nd April from 2:30 for an hour.

RNIB is running this group so, if you're blind or partially sighted and you'd like to join it, please contact RNIB Talk And Support on 0845 330 3723 before the day of the event. On the day, RNIB will call you to join you into the group. There is no charge. Carol's theme is Surprise, Surprise!

To find out more about RNIB's Talk and Support visit their website.

Or, if you're interested in joining a regular telephone group run by Torch, visit our TorchTalk page.

Good Friday in the Square

Posted: 26th March 2015 by Grace Davis

Join Torch Trust in Market Harborough this Good Friday at Churches Together in Harborough's 'Good Friday in the Town Square' event.

Taking place on April 3rd, from 11 am to 2 pm, Torch will be part of this family-friendly event aimed at exploring the real significance of Easter. There will be a range of stalls, children's activities, a prayer and a Good Friday service at 11.15 am. This will be followed by a soup, bread and cheese lunch.

"The theme for Good Friday in the Town Square is 'For God so loved the world'. We hope everyone will enjoy all that is happening and take a few moments to think about God's amazing love for all of us, put into action in the town through the compassionate work done by the organisations with displays in the Square," said Revd James Shakespeare, chair of Churches Together in Harborough, who will lead the service.

For more information, please visit the Churches Together in Harborough website or download a leaflet here: Good Friday Leaflet.

Supporting people through change and loss

Posted: 19th March 2015 by Grace Davis

Torch will be at the Christian Helplines Association Annual Conference on Saturday 21st March, 'Supporting People Through Change and Loss'.

Everyone is affected by change and loss - and often in very different ways. Change and loss can take many forms, such as the death of a loved one, the loss of sight or hearing, or the changes brought by the onset of dementia, to name just a few. Being equipped to support people through change and loss in our churches and wider communities is important.

The event will take place at Queens Road Baptist Church, Coventry, CV1 3EG from 11am – 5pm. Speakers Bob and Joy Jones (Care for the Family) will give an overview; Debra Chand (Torch Trust) will cover physical loss and Louise Morse (Pilgrims’ Friend Society) will speak on the onset of dementia.

Tickets are still available online at or on the door. More infomation can be found here: Supporting People Through Change and Loss Leaflet.

TorchTalk Enquirers

Posted: 12th March 2015 by Grace Davis

We are holding a one-hour telephone session for anyone who would like to know more about TorchTalk Telephone Groups.

There are a wide range of Groups available, in which members can participate via phone from their own homes. If you would like to know more about how this works, the different Groups on offer or anything else to do with TorchTalk, please give us a ring to register for the Enquirers' Session which will take place on Saturday 28th March, from 4 to 5 pm.

Contact Client Services on 01858 438260.

40th Anniversary for Exeter and Exmouth Torch Fellowship Group!

Posted: 13th February 2015 by Grace Davis

The Exeter and Exmouth Torch Fellowship Group will be meeting on February 14th to celebrate a big milestone: their fortieth anniversary!

Each month, the Group brings blind and partially sighted people together with sighted helpers for an afternoon of fun, food and fellowship.

Pat Cave, secretary of the Group, has been involved for almost 30 years. She says, ‘The best things about the group are bringing people together, the Christian fellowship and the help and encouragement it provides.’

The Exeter and Exmouth Torch Group is one of over 100 local groups. Torch Groups are Christian-led but non-denominational and open and welcoming to all who are affected by sight loss.

The celebration is open to visitors. The local Group is always on the lookout for new volunteers from local churches so why not come along and see if you can help.

Or, if you would like to find a group in your area, please go to our directory.

If you would like more information about setting up a Fellowship Group, please have a look at our Groups and Fellowship area.

Alternatively, you can contact Client Services on 01858 438 260, for more information about Torch Groups.

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