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Fresh hope and new beginnings - by phone!

Posted: 11th February 2016 by Grace Davis

Michael R page 3 small.jpgAfter 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!

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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!


Christmas Eve TorchTalk Group - Join Now!

Posted: 15th December 2015 by Grace Davis

There's still time to join our special annual Christmas Eve TorchTalk Group! Don't know what TorchTalk is? Read on to find out...

TorchTalk is our great telephone friendship group service, which offers Christian support, fellowship and fun from the comfort of your own home!

The Christmas Eve 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 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 info@torchtrust.org - 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!


Holiday & Retreat Centre Reopening and Thanksgiving Report

Posted: 2nd December 2015 by Grace Davis

TorchHRC19Sept-104small.jpgIf you're a Torch News subscriber, you'll have noticed our articles in the Winter 2015 reporting on the great sucess of our combined Thanksgiving Celebration and Holiday & Retreat Centre Reopening! We'd like to say a massive thank you to everyone who attended or sent us their prayers and well-wishes!

We're pleased to be able to announce that the excellent speeches given on the day are now available to read online in full...

The guest of honour at our reopening ceremony was Kevin Carey, the chair of the RNIB, who gave a beautiful speech before cutting the ribbon. You can read Kevin Carey's speech here (an abridged version of this speech appears on page 3 of Torch News Winter 2015).

Later in the day, we held a service of thanksgiving at which local vicar Reverend Jane Willis spoke, sharing a lovely message of hospitality with us. You can read Reverend Jane Willis' speech here.

So, once again, thank you all for your support. God bless.




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 11am 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 info@torchtrust.org - 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 info@torchtrust.org.


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 http://www.creonline.co.uk/visitors/cre-midlands-birmingham-2015/ or for directions to the NEC, visit the following link: http://www.thenec.co.uk/visiting-us

  • 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.
- See more at: http://www.creonline.co.uk/visitors/cre-midlands-birmingham-2015/#sthash.tgrTARfI.dpuf
  • 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.
- See more at: http://www.creonline.co.uk/visitors/cre-midlands-birmingham-2015/#sthash.tgrTARfI.dpuf

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.


 
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