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Tom Riordan speaks on “Leading Through Austerity”


Those of us who work in the voluntary sector or in government-funded services, are often painfully aware of the effects of ongoing budget cuts. We see the effect they have in the lives of the people who use our services and also the effect they have on the level of service we’re able to offer…. Read more »

Dementia Information Event – 22nd May


21 MAY 2015 10.30AM—2.30PM at Leeds Irish Centre, York Road As part of Dementia Awareness Week Leeds Irish Health and Homes and Touchstone are holding an information event for people across the city. Join us at this FREE Information event Hear from Dr Oliver J Corrado, Consultant Physician, Leeds Teaching Hospitals’, ‘Dementia Champion’ and CoClinical Lead… Read more »

Fun and fundraising – the Tour de Touchstone II


After two staff members blazed the way last year, with their tandem cycle ride to all of Touchstone’s office, this year lots of Touchstone staff and volunteers got in on the act, participating in a 13.3 mile themed relay from the centre of Dewsbury to Chapeltown in Leeds. Stages included silly walks, super hero costumes, egg’n’spoon and pram pushing. While… Read more »

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Case study of High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at IAPT

the sun above the horizon

Ever wondered about the work being completed by our High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapists here at IAPT? Or the great achievements and milestones reached by our service users? Well wait no longer, here we have a case study of one, of the many, such success stories from a member of our IAPT team Debbie and… Read more »

Dementia and BAME(Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) communities

‘Hamari Yaadain’ café members with ‘The Dearanged Marriage’ play cast at West Yorkshire Playhouse.

This week is Dementia Awareness Week. In the last few years, there has been significant progress in terms of raising awareness, a crucial step towards tackling stigma around dementia. And according to Alzheimer’s Society, there are approximately 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. 25,000 of these people are from BAME (Black, Asian and… Read more »

Grief and mental health


I originally wrote this blog in November 2014, 5 months after my dad had died. I was shocked at the level of despair I was experiencing and so felt unable to share my thoughts at that time. Now, on the eve of the anniversary of my dad’s death and to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week,… Read more »

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