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, Market Harborough. 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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for inspiration. Visit our Literature pages to check out our entire catalogue or resources to borrow or buy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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 email@example.com
Posted: 20th July 2016 by Grace Davis
Torch 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 6th June 2016 by Grace Davis
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.
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 email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy the show!
Posted: 29th April 2016 by Grace Davis
This 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org / 07446 898149