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Christian resources and activities for blind
and partially sighted people worldwide.

Welcome ... Wednesday 20 August 2014

THE TORCH TRUST is a Christian organisation with a worldwide vision for people with sight loss.


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The value of a good friend

Posted: 28th July 2014 by Lin Ball

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A good friend is a good listener. And feedback from the Torch Journeying With initiative suggests that people losing their sight find a trained volunteer befriender is – quite literally – a Godsend.

The befriending service has initially been made available in Northern Ireland. Following training, which includes learning about sight loss and its impact, a befriender gets alongside someone newly diagnosed for up to six months. He or she helps as someone deals with the emotional, social and physical impact of sight loss on their everyday life, supporting them as they make adjustments. As well as being a listening ear at home, they may accompany them to eye clinic appointments, help them venture into new social settings, suggest ways in which gadgets and technology can assist with everyday activities and generally encourage them to see that life can still be good.

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TORCH TRUST’s aims can be summarised as enabling people with sight loss to discover Christian faith and lead fulfilling Christian lives.

Towards this end we provide Christian resources and activities for blind and partially sighted people worldwide. Our services are offered to all who experience sight loss, of all faiths or none, and including those with sight loss who have other disabilities.

Among our services, Torch provides Christian literature, including a free lending library and a range of magazines, in various accessible formats. We also promote Christian fellowship through 110 local Groups across the UK. Torch also runs a varied programme of holidays at our own holiday centre and at other venues around the UK and abroad. Our international arm involves Torch working in partnership with others and being involved in various projects, especially in Malawi which in turn serves the needs of blind and partially sighted people in various other African countries.

Torch Trust has a driving vision for people with sight loss, wherever in the world they may live. Our seven-fold charter is that every blind or partially sighted person may have the opportunity to:

  • Explore Christian faith and discover Jesus
  • Grow as a Christian
  • Enjoy a fulfilling devotional life
  • Access Christian activities and resources they need
  • Join a church of their choice
  • Develop their invaluable God-given gifting
  • Contribute to the life of the church

Click here to access a display poster of our Charter.

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