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.
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.
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.
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 https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/christianhelp or on the door. More infomation can be found here: Supporting People Through Change and Loss Leaflet.
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.
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.
Posted: 6th February 2015 by Grace Davis
Sight loss can be devastating. 1 in 4 of us will experience it. Would you like to know what you can do to help?
Torch is running three Sight Loss Awareness Sessions in Devon this March.
The sessions are open to anyone interested in finding out about the impact of sight loss, and how Christians and churches can support people in their local area who are affected by sight loss.
To find out more and to book your place, please to go our Sight Loss Awareness Session page.
Posted: 3rd February 2015 by Grace Davis
Change and loss affect us all throughout our lives in different ways. The death of a loved one, loss of a pet, a friend moving away, the loss of sight or hearing, or the changes brought by the onset of dementia - to name a few. Being equipped to support people through change and loss in our churches and wider communities is important.
A day conference, Supporting People Through Change and Loss, will take place on Saturday March 21st. Organised by the Christian Helplines Association (CHA) 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.
To book go to www.christianhelp.ticketsource.co.uk
Early bird tickets cost only £20. (£25 from 1st March or on the door). The price includes buffet lunch and refreshments.
Posted: 22nd January 2015 by Debra Chand
CRE Southwest is coming soon! We look forward to meeting you at Torch stand P58, in the Caring and Enabling zone.
The event will take place at Westpoint, Exeter, EX5 1DJ, on 10-11 February, starting at 10am each day.
Gordon Temple, Torch Trust CEO, and Janet Eardley, our South West Area Presence Developer, look forward to meeting you with our team of volunteers at Torch stand P58.
To join us, follow the on-screen instructions HERE for your free badge.
Join us, too, for a free seminar - Is your church sight-loss friendly? – on Tuesday, 1pm.
Led by Janet Eardley, this will be an interactive session exploring ways in which your church can be more 'sight loss friendly'. One in four of the population will experience sight loss, so this is an issue affecting every church. Find out more about the effects of different eye conditions, how sight loss affects our experience of church, and how churches can respond and reach out to people with sight loss at church and in their local community.
Janet is working with local churches to develop support for people who are experiencing sight loss. Janet formerly worked with the Christian charity, Prospects, developing ministry among people with learning disabilities, and prior to this gained many years’ experience at a sight loss charity in Kendal, Cumbria, and also as a social worker for the Deaf.
For more information, you can contact Janet by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted: 22nd January 2015 by Debra Chand
Are you caring for someone who is experiencing the early stages of disability? A day conference coming up soon could be just for you...
Every day hundreds of people across Britain learn that they are in the early stages of a limiting disability such as sight loss or chronic illness, bringing practical, emotional and spiritual challenges.
Gordon Temple will be leading a day course, ‘Insight into disability’, for carers of people experiencing the onset of disability, and of interest to anyone involved in pastoral care.
Organised by CWR, the event will take place on Saturday 7th March at Waverley Abbey House, Farnham, in Surrey, from 9am to 4.20pm.
The day will cover aspects such as how we understand disability and support people through change and loss, while also protecting the wellbeing of carers. How can we offer a pastoral response, to help disabled people rebuild their lives and express their God-given gifting? What part does the Church have in their rehabilitation and re-enablement?
Gordon brings many years of experience in this area, as CEO of Torch Trust, which brings Christian support for people who are blind or partially sighted, and Executive Officer of Churches for All, which works to equip and enable churches to ensure that everyone feels included and able to grow in faith and ministry. Gordon is also author of the book Enabling Church - a Bible-based resource towards the full inclusion of disabled people.
Book now for the early bird price, £46.80 (£52 from 7 February). Fee includes lunch and refreshments. Group discounts available. For more information or to book go to www.cwr.org.uk/training or phone 01252 784719.