Vacancy: Coproduction Lead – Complex Rehabilitation

SALARY: NJC Scale Points 23 – 25, starting at £26,999 pa HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION: Leeds This role is fixed term for 1 year It is an occupational requirement to be able to work on  female wards for this role. Touchstone has been successful in gaining 1 year funding to support West Yorkshire…

Richard Wright #BlackHistoryMonth

Pioneering African American writer Richard Wright is best known for the classic texts ‘Black Boy’ and ‘Native Son.’ Who Was Richard Wright? Richard Wright was an African American writer and poet who published his first short story at the age of 16. Later, he found employment with the Federal Writers’ Project and received critical acclaim…

Vacancy: Finance Director

SALARY: £47,540 – £50,600 pa HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION: Leeds Touchstone is a multi-award winning mental health and wellbeing charity operating in communities across Yorkshire.  Our passion is people and we aim to deliver our vision of inspiring communities, transforming lives through the excellent teams of people we recruit and nurture.  Touchstone understands…

Vacancy: Senior Administration Officer

SALARY: NJC Scale Points 12 – 17 starting at £21,589 pa        HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION: Leeds Touchstone is a diverse, exciting and values-led organisation and we are looking for a Senior Administration Officer to join our Administration and Human Resources service. This is a new and exciting post in Touchstone, where you will…

Vacancy: Community Support Team Worker

SALARY: NJC Scale Points 18 – 23, starting at £24313 pa/pro rata HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION: Leeds This role is fixed term until 31 May 2020  The Community Support Team supports people with mental health problems who have been excluded from other services due to difficult or challenging behaviour and/or lack of suitable…

Barbara Jordan #BlackHistoryMonth

Barbara Jordan was a U.S. congressional representative from Texas and was the first African American congresswoman to come from the Deep South. Who Was Barbara Jordan? Born on February 21, 1936, in Houston, Texas, Barbara Jordan was a lawyer and educator who was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1978—the first African-American congresswoman to come from…

Vacancy: IAPT Employment Advisor

SALARY: £23,187 pa/pro rata HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION: Leeds This role is fixed term until 30 September 2020 Leeds IAPT consists of 4 partners, Leeds Community Healthcare, Touchstone, Northpoint and Community Links. Together we have delivered the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in Leeds since 2009. Northpoint Wellbeing is leading on…

Ernest Everett Just #BlackHistoryMonth

Earnest Everett Just was an African-American biologist and educator best known for his pioneering work in the physiology of development, especially in fertilisation. Synopsis Born on August 14, 1883, in Charleston, South Carolina, Earnest Everett Just was an African-American biologist and educator who pioneered many areas on the physiology of development, including fertilisation, experimental parthenogenesis,…

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan #BlackHistoryMonth

Dorothy Johnson Vaughan worked as a mathematician on the SCOUT Launch Vehicle Program that sent America’s first satellites into space. Who Was Dorothy Johnson Vaughan? Dorothy Johnson Vaughan was an African American mathematics teacher who became one of the leading mathematical engineers in early days of the aerospace industry. After the U.S. defence industry desegregated,…

Yorkshire mental health charity Touchstone has appointed Jess Parker as its Deputy Chief Executive

Jess has worked for Touchstone since 2008 in a business development role.  Touchstone has an annual turnover of almost £8m, employs 300 staff and volunteers to deliver mental health and wellbeing services to over 2,000 people across West and South Yorkshire. Jess has worked collaboratively with a broad range of community, voluntary and statutory organisations…

Vacancy: Administrative Assistant/Reception Apprenticeship

SALARY: £166.50 weekly wage HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION: Leeds Closing Date:  Wednesday 30th October This is an exciting, varied and busy role offering the opportunity to work for one of the leading Not-For-Profit organisations in the country. As an Apprentice you will provide reception duties and general administration support to staff, management and service…

Vacancy: Deputy Operational Team Manager

Deputy Operational Team Manager – Leeds Mental Health Wellbeing Service Salary: £30,401-37,267 FTE The Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS) is an exciting new service which combines the existing Leeds IAPT Service (offering “talking therapies” to adult NHS patients) with a broader mental wellbeing support offer based in primary care settings (GP surgeries, health centres etc)….

Marsha P. Johnson #BlackHistoryMonth

Marsha P. Johnson was an African American transgender woman and revolutionary LGBTQ rights activist. She is credited for being an instigator in the Stonewall riots. Who Was Marsha P. Johnson? Marsha P. Johnson was an African American transgender women who was an LGBTQ rights activist and an outspoken advocate for trans people of colour. Johnson…

Margaret Busby publisher #BlackHistoryMonth

Born in Accra in the Gold Coast to parents with roots in Barbados, Trinidad and Dominica, she became Britain’s youngest and first Black woman book publisher, when in 1967 she co-founded Allison & Busby with Clive Allison (1944-2011). “We started off with virtually no money and thought we would go into making volumes of poetry…

My volunteering experience at Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café

Before coming to Touchstone, I was not unfamiliar with being around individuals living with dementia; my grandfather was diagnosed 5 years ago, and I have seen first-hand how his condition has progressed, and the effects this has had on him and other family members. While my grandparents are regular attendees of the group, I had…

Female genital mutilation (FGM) support clinic launches in Leeds

NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have announced the launch of new community-based clinics to support non-pregnant women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with Leeds being chosen to host the clinic for the North of England. The funding has come from NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group and the service…

Live Well Leeds LGBT+ Social Group

Live Well Leeds LGBT+ Social Group 12:30-14:30 Wednesdays @ BHA Skyline, Gallery House, 4th Floor, 131 The Headrow, Leeds, LS15RD There’s loads of evidence that getting out & spending time with other people can improve a persons mental health…but it can feel daunting, being in a new place with new people. This group is for…

World Suicide Prevention day Blog September 2019

10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is also the day Leeds will launch its latest Suicide Audit findings from 2014-2016, alongside information on the work the City is funding to support suicide prevention; including our own Mentally Healthy Leeds. According to the Alliance of Suicide Prevention Charities (TASC), suicide is the greatest cause…

#PartnersInPride: Touchstone Taking Pride in Mental Health at Leeds Pride 2019

Another year, another fabulous show of Touchstone supporting the LGBT+ community at Leeds Pride! Partnering with Leeds Mind, Live Well Leeds, and Community Links, this year our #PartnersInPride saw a great turn out for the biggest parade ever seen at Leeds Pride, with 130 companies parading and over 60,000 spectators. P.S. Ours was the big…

Xine Magazine

Check out Xine, a new quarterly magazine from Non-Binary Action. https://nonbinaryaction.org/xine Non-Binary Action campaigns for the rights and respect of non-binary people and other marginalised groups. Xine is a quarterly publication from Non-Binary Action to share articles, interviews, reviews, poetry, art, stories and other work by non-binary people across the world.        

Celebration service for talented PR director and charity champion

Yorkshire’s businesses, charities and public relations organisations are invited to attend a service to remember Carol Rennard (Arthur) – a highly talented and popular communications director who recently passed away following a long illness. A service to celebrate Carol’s life and career will take place at Trinity Church, Tunstall, Tuesday August 27, 2.30pm followed by…

Sharing Good Practice Working With BAME Clients In IAPT

In June here at Touchstone we were asked to present a workshop at the PWP National Networking Forum for IAPT in Birmingham. Aniysa Azam (Senior PWP) and myself (Deputy Manager) went and shared the Touchstone PWP team’s learning over the last 6 years on topics of: common challenges in delivering a good quality and equitable service to clients from Black…

Why Yorkshire? By Iby Knill

              For Yorkshire Day 2019, we interviewed Iby Knill on her experiences and reasons for moving to Yorkshire in the 1960’s. “It was 1962. I was employed as Welfare Training Officer by Berkshire County. Then, one day, somebody at County Headquarters thought that it might be an idea to…

LGBTQI+ Have Your Voice Heard Feedback

St Georges Centre Leeds, 22nd June 2018 We successfully held a consultation event where all local mental health services were asked to promote the event and bring along their service users. As well as having lived experience speakers we had a few professionals throughout the day letting us know the good things that are happening…

Malala Day

Malala Yousafzai as a young girl in Pakistan was a promoter of  women’s education in Pakistan.   In October 2012, aged 15, she was shot in the head and left in a critical condition by the Taliban after they had issued a death threat on her. She was sent for treatment to a UK hospital,…

I-ART Exhibition ‘Good Enough’ by Kat Archibald

Leeds Artist, Kat Archibald, brings selected highlight from her exhibition ‘Good Enough’ to the Touchstone IAPT therapy service. Just in time for the Women’s World Cup she is showcasing portraits of inspiring women from Leeds and beyond. Kat Archibald studied graphic design and illustration at Leeds Metropolitan University and now works as a freelance illustrator….