Vacancy: Sikh Elders Service Administrator

SALARY: NJC Scale 4, starting at scp 7, £19,554 pa/pro rata HOURS:  10 hours per week LOCATION: Leeds  It is essential you are able to speak Punjabi  You will be required to provide administration support to the Sikh Elders Service and the overall organisation. You will provide a reception service, undertake a wide range of…

Vacancy: Crisis Café Support Worker

SALARY: NJC Scale 5, starting scp 12, £21,589 pa HOURS:  4 x 24.5 hours per week (Kirklees) 1 x 30 hours per week (Kirklees) 2 x 24.5 hours per week  (Leeds) 2 x 18 hours per week  (Leeds) Bank staff hours available across Leeds and Kirklees LOCATION: West Yorkshire  Touchstone has been awarded NHS funding…

Apps for Mental Health & Wellbeing

There are loads of apps out there aimed at promoting wellbeing and good mental health. Here are 6 free apps that we have come across at Touchstone IAPT to get you started. This list is by no means exhaustive. Please feel free to add your free app recommendations in the comments below!   Catch it:…

Vacancy: Liaison and Diversion Support Time Recovery Worker

SALARY: NJC Scale 5, starting scp 12, £21,589 pa HOURS:  x1 – Touchstone – 37 hours per week (Bradford) x1 – Bridge – 37 hours per week (Bradford) x1 – Bridge – 37 hours per week (Kirklees) LOCATION: Yorkshire  Any job offer will be dependent on the outcome of police vetting at level 3, and…

Vacancy: Wellbeing Space and Support Service Worker (Holbeck Elderly Aid)

SALARY: NJC Scale 5, starting scp 12, £21,589 pa HOURS:  37 hours per week LOCATION: Leeds This is an exciting opportunity to work in a new service delivered by Touchstone, Womens Health Matters, Holbeck Elderly Aid and Leeds Beckett University to deliver a Wellbeing Space and Support Space across LS8, 9, 10 and 11. The…

Touchstone “truly excels” as an employer

Yorkshire mental health charity Touchstone celebrates achieving coveted three star accreditation in the annual Sunday Times Best Companies to Work survey in recognition of its extraordinary levels of employee engagement. The charity, ranked 8th in The Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2019, was also given the Discovering Potential award for the third…

International Women’s Day 2019 by Alison Lowe

International Women’s Day events are held worldwide on March 8 to celebrate women and their global contribution. Various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at events on the day, highlighting their successes to illustrate how much progress has been…

LGBT History Month – Laverne Cox

In celebration of LGBT History Month, Touchstone is profiling a different LGBT celebrity each week in the month of February. The chosen celebrity this week is Laverne Cox: twin; actress, television producer and LGBT advocate. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Laverne was bullied constantly as a child and describes how she attempted suicide when, aged 11,…

LGBT History Month – Vicky Beeching

Victoria Louise “Vicky” Beeching (born 17 July 1979) is an English musician and religious commentator. She is best known for her work in the American contemporary worship music genre, and has been described as “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” due to of her Twitter following and appearances on BBC’s Thought for the…

LGBT History Month – Alan Turing

In celebration of LGBT History Month, Touchstone is profiling a different LGBT celebrity each week in the month of February. This week, we have chosen the scientist Alan Turing, recently voted the most “iconic” global figure of the 20th century in a BBC 2 viewers’ poll. Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (23 June 1912 –…

LGBT History Month Bi Role Models

Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an actress, producer, writer, and director. As a child actress, she became well-known for her performance in E.T.. Since then she starred in many films and, along with Nancy Juvonen, has started her own production company, Flower Films. In 2003 in and interview with Contact Music…

The Well-bean Crisis Cafe – Hope in a crisis blog: February 2019

THE WELL-BEAN CRISIS CAFÉ – HOPE IN A CRISIS BLOG: FEBRUARY 2019 – THE WELL-BEAN CRISIS CAFÉ IS NOW OPEN TWO EXTRA NIGHTS @ TOUCHSTONE HOUSE IN BEESTON (Written by Matthew Hall – Crisis Support Worker at WBC) The Well-Bean Café (WBC) is now open a further two nights in the south of Leeds at…

Touchstone in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for 2019

Touchstone has been placed 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, which lists the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. The list is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their…

National Hug Day 2019 by Alison Lowe

As many of my colleagues at Touchstone will be aware, I am a hugger! Hugging is a way of being human with people; showing empathy, or just sharing a moment of joy.  I feel hugging keeps me connected with the people around me but it also allows me to show my emotions and vulnerability –…

Update: Community Based Mental Health Service

After running a competition at the end of last year a name has now been chosen for the new Community Based Mental Health Service which goes live from 1st April 2019. The service will be called Live Well Leeds and was a suggestion made by an existing service user. Live Well Leeds has been funded to…

Blue Monday 21st Jan: How Blue Are You?

The 3rd Monday in January is said to be the most depressing day of the year due to the weather, financial pressures and debts accumulated over the holiday season and low motivation levels.   Blue Monday was first publicized by Sky Travel in 2005. You can find out more about how it was calculated and…

U Choose Projects Bringing Communities Together

25 new projects, groups and activities to bring people together are getting off the ground in local communities across Leeds, as part of the ‘U Choose’ project being delivered by Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+). The projects are all being led by local residents, who presented their ideas at a series of three voting events…

Community Based Mental Health Service

In Leeds the current local authority funded mental health services have been the same for a long time. The commissioner for all of these services has asked them to work together more closely to improve the way we support people who need help with their mental health. Touchstone is delighted and excited to be leading…

International Volunteers Day: 5th December

The Touchstone Volunteers Project is very open, diverse and service user (SU) friendly.  Not only do our SU benefit from the contributions of volunteers, but some also take on the role themselves.   Volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer in a number of roles across Touchstone and with partner organisations. Some of our volunteers are befrienders…

World AIDS Day: 1st December

This month I was fortunate to be offered training with the Black Health Agency’s BHA Skyline Team, who provide a HIV support service in Leeds. BHA was originally set up 28 years ago as a response to the lack of information and services available to Black communities in Manchester around HIV services and they have…

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence: White Ribbon

White Ribbon UK was founded in 2005 and calls to end male violence against women. You can read more about White Ribbon UK here: https://www.whiteribbon.org.uk/what-we-do/ At Touchstone IAPT the men in the team are wearing white ribbons in support of White Ribbon UK and the 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence running from 25th November…

Two years of The Well-Bean Café: Hope in a crisis

THE WELL-BEAN CRISIS CAFÉ – HOPE IN A CRISIS BLOG – November ’18: TWO YEARS OF THE WELL-BEAN CAFÉ: HOPE IN A CRISIS (Written by Matthew Hall – Crisis Support Worker at WBC) On 12 November 2016 the Well-Bean Café (WBC) opened, having our first visitor on that same evening. Now nearly two years on…

I-ART: It’s OK not to be perky!

Following recent shows at the Horsforth Walk of Art and Love Arts Festival,  Leeds artist Helen Gibson – professionally known as The Perky Painter –  is taking her first solo exhibition on tour to Touchstone IAPT.   The exhibition’s title, “It’s OK not to be Perky”, reminds us it’s OK not to be OK and that we can share these feelings….

I-ART

The Touchstone IAPT team have been fortunate to share our offices with the work of Alisia Casper this Summer and Autumn. Alisia is a Leeds based artist who draws on her experiences of long term health conditions (including chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia) when making drawings, paintings, photography, writing and music. As we have begun…

Remembrance

On Armistice Day I remembered my mum’s dad; a well-read and well-loved man, amateur actor and architect, who ended up spending most of his life in Zambia, Central Africa. He was somewhat of a raconteur; telling tales of joining an army regiment based on which one wore the most eye catching hats on parade and…

International Stress Awareness Day: November 7th

For International Stress Awareness Day, Touchstone IAPT have compiled  a list of our best stress-busting songs! Here they are in no particular order…   Dance With Me –  Olly Murs Happy – Pharrell Williams Pata Pata – Miriam Makebe Good Times – Chic Don’t Stop Believing – Journey One Day Like This – Elbow Bohemian Like You…

October 19th is Wear Red Day: We Want to Show Racism the Red Card!

Wear Red Day: October 19th Show Racism the Red Card is holding its annual ‘Wear Red Day’ on October 19th. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity and you can find out more about the work they do here: http://www.theredcard.org/about/