“Always made my day” – the Best Start Peer Support Project

We asked participants in the Best Start peer support programme how they felt on the final day of the course. Here is what they said. “I’m gutted, I wish it went on for longer, everyone has been really friendly, I will miss everyone” “I wish it went on for longer, I’ve really enjoyed it and…

Clive Sullivan rugby player #BlackHistoryMonth

A Great Britain and Wales international winger, Clive Sullivan played with both Hull and Hull Kingston Rovers in his career, and also played for Oldham, and Doncaster. He was the first black captain of the Great Britain Lions and for any national British sporting side. Clive A. Sullivan MBE (born 9 April 1943 in Cardiff,…

Muhammed Ali boxer #BlackHistoryMonth

Muhammed Ali was ‘more than just a Boxer’. He was a Black, Muslim man in Pre-Civil Rights Era America and he would go on to be an activist for the remainder of his life. Erasing these facts not only erases his importance to Black people worldwide, but the prejudice and struggles Ali endured. When asked…

Jesse Owens athlete #BlackHistoryMonth

In 1936 African American sprinter Jesse Owens amazed the world by breaking Olympic records and winning four gold medals in Berlin, the headquarters of Hitler’s Nazi regime. However, Owens became known not only for his athletic triumphs, but for his friendship with German competitor Luz Long and for the social barriers he broke down in…

Time To Change Leeds Champions Fund

The Champions Fund is here! Lets change the way Leeds thinks about mental health. What is the Champions Fund? The fund is available for people with lived experience of mental health problems to run their own anti-stigma activities. What types of activities could I run? You can run any sort of anti-stigma activity, as long it…

Head Space: Beat Stress! Get motivated! Make a new start!

“Other people have noticed a big difference in me. I am a lot happier, they can’t believe the change.” “I enjoyed the whole course! Got a lot of ways of releasing stress, it’s helped with anxiety issues a lot. Also about thinking positively and I’ve been more confident.” “The experience of this course has been…

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…

Celebration event for the International Day of Older People at Leeds City Museum

To celebrate the International Day of Older People on Sunday the 1st of October, Leeds City Museum curated a wonderful display of thousands of forget-me-not flowers which had been created by community groups around Leeds. As a symbol of memory and love, the forget-me-not flower was chosen to raise awareness of Dementia, and as you…

Who Cares? Show us YOU do!

Pledge your commitment to supporting carers in Leeds. Recognise employees that are working carers. Listen to what carers have to say. Explore the work that Carers Leeds provides. Together we can make Leeds the best city for carers! Calling all Professionals The Leeds Commitment to Carers asks organisations, businesses and services in Leeds to commit…

Best Start Peer Support Project – feedback on each of our sessions

To help us assess the course offered by the Best Start peer support project, we asked participants to give some comments on each week’s content. Week 1 – Dealing with Stress Because now I can recognise when my stress starts, I can practice these exercises to cool down. Useful ways to recognise my stress levels…

James Peters rugby player #BlackHistoryMonth

James Peters (August 1879 – 26 March 1954) was an English rugby union player and, later, a rugby league player. He is notable as the first black man to play rugby union for England. He was also known as “Darkie Peters”. James Peters (August 1879 – 26 March 1954) was an English rugby union player…

Drop-in sessions with Connect For Health

Are you living in Leeds South and East? Connect for Health is a free, confidential, friendly signposting service for people aged 14 and over. We can help you to work out what’s right for you and connect you with local services and groups. Drop-in session at: TOUCHSTONE SUPPORT CENTRE 53-55 Harehills Avenue, Leeds, LS8 4EX Every…

Bayard Rustin activist #BlackHistoryMonth

Bayard Rustin was an American leader in social movements for civil rights, socialism, pacifism and non-violence, and gay rights. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania where his family was involved in civil rights work. In 1936, he moved to Harlem, New York City and earned a living as a nightclub and stage singer, and…

Lilian Bader RAF officer #BlackHistoryMonth

Lilian Bader was born in 1918, she would go on to be quite possibly the first Black woman to join the British Armed Forces. The influence of Lilian’s father (a Barbadian migrant who had served in the Royal Navy) in her decision to join the Armed Forces is questionable, as Lilian and her two older brothers…

Leeds Refugee Hub open evening – 26th October

On the 26th October at 4pm – 7pm, Refugee Council will be holding an open evening to celebrate the launch of its Leeds refugee hub; the base of multiple Leeds-based asylum seeker and refugee charities (including the Connecting Opportunities project), and also a venue space for many different individuals and organisations. We hope you can make it and…

World Mental Health Day 10th October: Workplace Wellbeing

10th October 2017 is World Mental Health Day. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing. Mental health problems…

World Mental Health Day – warning signs of stress and mental illness

On World Mental Health Day, Naseem Tariq from the WY-FI team talks about signs to look out for if we’re concerned about our own or someone else’s mental health. Definitions World Health Organisation defines health as “A state of (complete) physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Health…

Frank Bruno boxer #BlackHistoryMonth #WorldMentalHealthDay

This letter from Frank Bruno was written for serving prisoners at HMP Leeds. We’re publishing it here to mark both Black History Month and World Mental Health Day. Hello its Frank Bruno here. I have been asked to mention Black History month and talk a bit about the prejudice’s I experienced when I was younger…

Nina Simone singer #BlackHistoryMonth

Born to a Christian family on February 21st, 1933; Nina was the sixth child to a North Carolina preacher, Mary Kate Waymon and Handyman, John Divine Waymon. Her early aspiration was to become a concert pianist, which lead her to audition at Curtis Institiute of Music in Philadelphia. She was rejected; a decision she felt…

Ira Aldridge actor #BlackHistoryMonth

Ira Frederick Aldridge was an American and later British stage actor and playwright who made his career after 1824, largely in London and in Europe and is most famous for his Shakespearean roles. Born in New York City, Aldridge went to the African Free School in New York City at aged 13. The school was established by the New York…

Dosti Diwali Party – 26th October

DOSTI DIWALI PARTY ON THURSDAY 26TH OF OCTOBER 2017 At BAME Health and wellbeing Hub Reginald Terrace LS7 3EZ Time 10.30am Till 2.30pm Come and enjoy the celebrations with us DJ & Dance Hot Food Games and Raffle Prizes Live Singing For more information Contact Pooja on: 0113 2038893 Tuesday/Thursday Email: poojal@touchstonesupport.org.uk

Mental Health Awareness Workshop at Leeds Grand Mosque

Touchstone’s IAPT team are running a Mental Health awareness workshop on Monday 9th October at 12.30pm at Leeds Grand Mosque. It will be for around 2 hours to cover: ​Touchstone IAPT How common mental health concerns are.  To identify how someone can be feeling/behaving but not linking it to low mood or anxiety.  To explain confidentiality, assessment process…

Best Start Peer Support Project – what people thought

The Best Start peer support project offers a six week course to support expectant parents and the parents or carers of children under 2 years. To help us evaluate the course and to keep improving it, we always ask participants for their feedback. Here are some recent comments: What did you think of the course…

50th Anniversary Leeds Carnival Parade

The Leeds carnival is an amazing celebration which incorporates all three essential elements of authentic West Indian carnival: costumes, music and masquerade procession. It is one of the longest running West Indian Carnivals in Europe and began in 1967, therefore, marking the milestone 50th anniversary in 2017. On this special occasion, the carnival exceeded the…

World Mental Health Week events from the Touchstone Community Development team

Next week the Community Development Service and new Migrant Access Project  Plus Teams are going to venues across Leeds to talk to people about workplace mental health. This is to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October and we’ll be doing activities throughout the week. As well as running sessions for staff working…

Black History Month trip to Wilberforce House in Hull

October is Black History Month – Let’s Celebrate! Join us on a coach trip to Wilberforce House in Hull on Wednesday 18th October 2017 Who was William Wilberforce? William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) was a politician who campaigned to end the slave trade and lived to see the abolition of slavery in 1807 and the freeing of all slaves…

MindWell website user survey

The MindWell team are celebrating their first anniversary with a survey to find out how we are doing. The link below will provide us with vital feedback from users of the site so that we can continually improve the content and how the site works. The survey will take a few minutes to complete and is mostly tick boxes….

Connecting the dots – Community Support Team and CMHT

I commenced my secondment with Touchstone at the beginning of July for a period of three months. It was an opportunity to explore different ways of working and to form better links between Touchstone Community Support Team (CST) and the Community Mental Health Team (CMHT). On my first day the Chief Executive, Alison, came and…

Bi-Visibility Day 23rd September

Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day, has been marked each year since 1999 to highlight biphobia and to help people find the bisexual community. It happens all over the globe. First observed in 1999, Celebrate Bisexuality Day is the brainchild of three United States bisexual rights activists: Wendy Curry of Maine, Michael Page of Florida, and Gigi…

Bi Visibility Day 2017

Bi Visibility Day started was first marked in 1999 and is now celebrated yearly on 23 September. It is a chance for the bi+ community and allies to come together and celebrate as well as helping to raise awareness and correct misconceptions. Bi+ people are often under-represented in the media and when discussing LGBT+ issues;…