Journeying With


The process of setting up each Journeying With scheme will be unique - according to the local area, the church(es)and the people running it. This is why Torch Trust is here to support you throughout the whole process. Through the initial stages, raising awareness, training, linking with local sight professionals, and as the scheme grows – Torch will work with you.

Whilst each scheme will develop in its' own way, depending on the local situation, it will be important to consider each of the stages below when starting a scheme. This will ensure that your scheme has a good start, and runs in a way that has the confidence of clients, volunteers and professionals (e.g. NHS Eye Clinics, local sight loss agencies, RNIB, etc.). For more details about these stages, and to help you get started, download our guide to 'Coordinating a Journeying With Scheme' or  request a printed copy by contacting us.

1. Ground Work

  • Involve the church leadership
  • Gather interested people to pray for your Journeying With scheme
  • Recruit a leader or leadership team
  • Think about any practical or resource implications

2. Getting Ready

  • Finding your volunteers
  • Checking the suitability of volunteers
  • Criminal Records Checks
  • Appoint your scheme leader, or ‘Volunteer Coordinator’
  • Training your volunteers

3. Launching the scheme

  • Commission the volunteers
  • Link up with local health and social care professionals
  • Promote the scheme locally
  • Publicity material and referral forms
  • Methods of referral

4. Up and running!

  • Receive referrals
  • Match clients and volunteers carefully
  • Ongoing support for volunteers
  • Develop the befriending relationship
  • Completion of each befriending relationship


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