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CRE Exeter - your FREE badge to join us at Torch stand P58

Posted: 22nd January 2015 by Debra Chand

Waverley Abbey House.jpgCRE 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



Insight into Disability

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 or phone 01252 784719.

Container arrives at Torch House

Posted: 8th January 2015 by Grace Davis

A great start to the new year for Torch Trust as our 40-foot container arrived on the premises on Monday morning.Container being lifted off a trailer

As the photo shows, unloading it was a big task involving cranes mounted to a sidelift trailer! Soon it was safely in place, and the Torch staff gathered together to give thanks for its arrival and pray for the rest of its journey.

Over the next couple of weeks, the container will be gradually filled with all kinds of relief items before beginning its long voyage to Africa.








Christmas greetings from Torch

Posted: 18th December 2014 by Grace Davis

Hello everyone, and a merry Christmas to you all.

It's been a busy season here at Torch and we'd like to thTorch Christmas Carol Service 2014ank all of our supporters, our clients and our volunteers for the wonderful work they do throughout the year.

We'd like to wish you a blessed and happy Christmas, may it be a time of peace, reflection and new beginnings for you all. God bless.







Reaching out to people with sight loss in Leeds

Posted: 4th November 2014 by James Seager

south_parade_church_leeds.jpgIf you live within reach of Leeds and would like to find out about sight loss and how Christians can support people affected, you are warmly invited to a free morning workshop this Saturday.

The ‘Discover Torch’ event runs from 9.45-12.30, Saturday 8 November, at South Parade Baptist Church, Kirkstall Lane, Headingley, Leeds LS6 3L.

The trauma of a sight loss diagnosis has been compared to a bereavement in terms of its impact, yet only one in five people has someone with them at diagnosis - and 100 people learn that they are losing their sight every day in the UK.

At the conference you will discover more about the impact and needs of people living with sight loss in Leeds, an introduction to sight loss, and an overview of Torch Trust - including resources to help churches reach out to people with sight loss in the local community, such as setting up a local befriending service and friendship groups.

For more information (booking advisable), contact James Seager by email or phone James on 07446 898149.

Learning to cope with sight loss

Posted: 9th October 2014 by Debra Chand

RuthUsingAMonocular.jpgIf you are experiencing sight loss or know someone who is, a Moving Forward break may be just the thing - book now for the next 31 October - 3 November.

These short residential breaks provide information, skills training and pastoral support for people who are adjusting to life with sight loss.

There’s just time to book for the next event, which will take place from Friday 31 October – Monday 3 November, at Torch’s Holiday and Retreat Centre in Sussex. The centre has been beautifully refurbished to create a relaxing, fully accessible venue.

Headed by Torch’s holidays leader and centre manager, Gail Millar, a qualified Eye Clinic Liaison Officer, the Moving Forward team are all Christian professionals in the field. Practical sessions will include coping with everyday life, helpful equipment and services, managing finances, and staying well connected, along with opportunities for reflection, prayer and relaxation. Feedback from clients has been so encouraging that Torch plan to run more events in 2015.

‘Before I went to the Torch weekend I wasn’t coping – I put on a brave face, but thought I was a failure and that life as I knew it was pretty much over... Being there has given me a hope that I never knew possible.’

Places are limited and booking is essential. To find out more and to book, contact us on 01273 832282 or


The Sower

Posted: 6th October 2014 by David Palmer

A Harvest-themed telephone Group for blind and partially sighted people.parable-of-the-sower.jpg

Whether we like it or not all the signs of autumn are now fast approaching! The nights are drawing in, the mornings feel more chilly, the trees are changing colour and churches up and down the country start to celebrate and give thanks to God for all his bounty and provision.

In line with this theme TorchTalk, our telephone friendship service, is running a six week harvest themed Group entitled ‘The Sower’, reflecting God’s creative activity in the world and our lives. The Group commences Monday October 6 at 3.30pm and will run for six weeks until November 10. Each of TorchTalk Groups holds between six to nine people so if you are interested please hurry and call one of our Client Services team on 01858 438260.




Product Roadshow

Posted: 3rd October 2014 by Debra Chand

Product Roadshow Picture

Find out more about the latest technology to help people with sight loss, at a product roadshow in London this week.

The roadshow, run by Action for Blind People, is free for anyone who is blind and partially sighted and living in the London Boroughs. It will showcase state-of-the-art gadgets to help manage sight loss.

There will be opportunity to try out devices such as vibrating bank note detectors, talking microwaves and electric magnifiers to help with reading. There will also be iPhones, iPads, and computers adapted with accessible features, such as talking screen readers, and screen magnifiers, and opportunity to chat with manufacturers and experts.

The event will take place on Monday, 6 October and Friday, 10 October between 10:30am-3:30pm, at RNIB, 105 Judd Street, London, WC1H 9NE, near Kings Cross in London. For further information contact 01733 375249 or email

Torch Thanksgiving and Open Day - 20 September

Posted: 9th September 2014 by David Shepherd

Our annual Thanksgiving Day will also be an Open Day at Torch House in Market IMG_6768e.JPGHarborough on Saturday 20 September - and you are warmly invited to come and join us.

From 2pm to 4pm there will be an opportunity to visit displays around the building and to meet staff and volunteers.

As well as celebrating 55 years of Torch we will also be marking 10 years in the present Torch House.

The doors will be open from 1pm so if you would like to to come earlier you are very welcome.

Strawberry cream teas and drinks will be served throughout the afternoon.

From 4.30pm to approximately 5pm there will be a time of worship and celebration and a short message from our guest Rev Jonathan Edwards, former General Secretary of Baptist Union. If you are bringing a group, it would be helpful to know numbers in advance - please email Carol Nokes at or telephone 01858 438260.

We look forward to meeting you on the the 20th!

Discovering Torch in the West Midlands

Posted: 4th September 2014 by David Palmer

If you live in the West Midlands and would like to find out about the impact of sight loss and how Christians can support people affected, you are warmly invited to a free event being held near you this autumn.

The events, run by Torch Trust, will take place on Saturday at:DSC_0906.jpg

Hanley Baptist Church, Stoke on Trent (4 Oct);

Baptist Church Central, Shrewsbury (25 Oct),

and The Crossing at St Pauls, Walsall (1 Nov).

Each ‘Discover Torch’ event will run from 10am-12.30pm, starting with coffee / registration at 9.45am.

At these events we will think about how Torch can support and enable you and your church to reach out to people who are blind and partially sighted. Sessions will include:

  • recognising the need in the West Midlands;
  • looking at how we can holistically support people with sight loss in our communities - especially through the new Groups we are looking to launch;
  • introducing Torch’s new befriending service (Journeying With);
  • presenting details of our sight loss awareness training, accessible literature, and other useful information and resources.

For more information or to book, contact David Palmer on 01858 438260 or email:

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