Torch

Phone this organisation
0118 380 0260

Torch is a community help hub set up and run by volunteers from local churches across Reading with the aim of providing a helping hand to those who otherwise cannot get help and tend to fall through the gaps of existing provision.

This is a completely free service. All volunteers are DBS cleared and where possible come from the local community near the client. Self or agency referrals to Torch can be made by phone, email or via the website contact form where they will be triaged by a team of Coordinators who select the appropriate volunteer from across the churches.

Torch is a project under the auspices of CityLife Community Projects (CLCP), registered charity No. 1117112, and a company registered in England and Wales No. 05881513. The management team at Torch is drawn from among the leaders of the churches involved and they report to the trustees of CLCP.

The work of Torch comprises of three strands:

  1. Help Hub: We offer free practical help when you need it.
  2. Signposting: We offer free support to help you live well.
  3. Community Action: We serve the community through positive action to make it a better place for all.

The scope of activities that the Torch Help Hub strand of work aims to respond to are:

We provide…. Examples of what this looks like….
Urgent   Help Short term support with urgent needs for those unable to get out Collecting shopping
Collecting prescriptions
Signposting to other charities
Enhanced Wellbeing Friendly support to improve emotional and mental wellbeing Being a sensible friend/befriending
Addressing loneliness and isolation
Chat and prayer
Confidence Building Confidence building through “hand holding” to get back on your feet Help to get out of the house
Assistance with social re-engagement
Support to attend appointments
Practical Tasks Practical support to make a difference to everyday life Odd jobs around the house
Assistance with small gardening/outdoor jobs
Signposting to other charities
Personal Help Personal support to help people with everyday life Help with letters, CV’s and job applications etc
Help with IT, form filling and paperwork etc
Signposting to other charities
Type of organisation
Registered charity
Primary interest
Religion and Faith
Main activity
Social and community care services
Area of activity
Reading-wide
Parent organisation
CityLife Community Projects (CLCP)
Charity number
1117112
Registered company number
05881513
Voluntary
Voluntary

Map
Address line 1
c/o The Pavillion
Address line 2
143-145 Oxford Road
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG1 7UY
Is this location wheelchair accessible?
Not specified