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Christmas Carol Service 2016

Posted: 6th December 2016 by Grace Davis

WebSize_TorchTrust_17-09-16_8544.jpgTorch Trust invites you to our Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 14th December from 2 pm - 4 pm at Torch House!

There will be a warm Christmas welcome for all featuring popular carols with mince pies, tea & coffee. Free admission and no need to book!

Call Michael Heaney or Carol Nokes on 01858 438260 or email if you need more information.

Announcing Our Christmas Special TorchTalk Group!

Posted: 21st November 2016 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 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 Thursday December 22nd.

It's easy to sign up for TorchTalk - all you have to do is contact Jan in Client Services to register your interest. Just call us on 01858 438 260, or email - 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!

Join us at the No Limits conference - 12th November

Posted: 1st November 2016 by Grace Davis

Join us on Saturday 12th November at the No Limits conference: a great day of encouragement and inspiration where you can find out more about how you can support and facilitate people with additional needs and disabilities. Hosted by Churches For All, this conference has a special focus on children and young people - but rest assured there is still plenty for all ages at this event!

The conference has a brilliant line up of speakers and workshops, more information can be found at

Spaces are still available! Book your ticket here:

If you know anyone who you think might be interested, please do spread the word!

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

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