Hamari Yaadain

Hamari Yaadain – Touchstone’s monthly dementia cafe for people from the South Asian community – was recently featured on the Alzheimer’s Society website and in their Living With Dementia magazine. The articles author quotes Ripaljeet Kaur (Touchstone’s lead worker on dementia): “Groups like this one are really important for people from black, Asian and minority…

LGBTIQ+ service user steering group – 1st February

LGBTIQ+ steering group service user led. For those with lived experience of mental health issues and those at risk. HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD! We are looking to the LGBTIQ+ community who want to help make changes towards our better future.  Buffet, Refreshments, Workshop, Wellbeing therapies.  If you would like to be involved come along to our event on:-…

Weekly gardening sessions for Beacon service users

WANT TO HELP TURN GREEN SPACES INTO COMMUNITY GROWING AREAS THAT HELP THE ENVIRONMENT AND IMPROVE GREEN SPACES? NEW GARDENING SESSIONS OPEN TO ALL BEACON SERVICE USERS!  Join-in with: planting native plants,   vegetables, herbs & wildflowers, making and using compost bins, learn about Beacon volunteering opportunities, construct raised beds and more! WEEKLY SESSIONS EVERY FRIDAY…

Leadership Masterclass – Sophie Cook

Wednesday 31st January 12pm-2pm Hillside Enterprise Centre Beeston Road LS11 8ND Vulnerability, empathy and the inspirational leader. Ex-RAF, motorbike racer, newspaper editor, Premier League football and rock photographer, self harm and suicide survivor and transgender. Sophie Cook is a media personality and activist whose wide portfolio of work includes presenting, producing, writing and photography. She…

Get some Head Space

Beat Stress! Get motivated! Make a new start! A free seven-week course coming soon to find your strengths, meet new people and get new perspectives. In a small group, we will learn different techniques that will help you manage your mood, including assertiveness, getting good sleep, self-esteem, dealing with stress and relaxation. When: Friday 9TH…

Clients’ Experiences of Touchstone IAPT

Coming into therapy for the first time can be daunting and it can be difficult to know what to expect. Some of our past clients have kindly answered some questions or written about their experiences of Touchstone IAPT to give an insight into what therapy is like and how it may help.  So if you…

Interwoven Histories – Artist film workshop with Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café

As part of the Interwoven Histories Art workshops, Pavilion held a film workshop with members of Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service’s Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café. Will from Pavilion brought along a projector to the group and showed Nathaniel Dorsky’s 16mm silent film Autumn (2016).  Towards the end of 2015, Dorsky captured footage of the seasonal changes…

Listen and Learn – Business Development

As an organisation Touchstone champions the values of inclusion and diversity, co-production, and quality and continuous improvement. As a team, the Business Development team are always looking for ways to discover and support the ideas of all the people we work with, and build relationships and partnerships that lead to better services for communities across…

Touchstone has been ranked number 1 in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List

The long awaited Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers showcases leading organisations working across all strands of diversity. In recognition of their continued dedication to workplace diversity, Touchstone has once again been ranked first in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List – which lists UK based organisations that promote inclusion across all protected characteristics, throughout each…

Interwoven Histories – Hamari Yaadain group design flags for their roots, culture & identity

We are pleased to share that Carol Sorhaindo ran another fantastic community workshop with Touchstone’s Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café members. This time, Carol used the resilient buddleja plant as inspiration to think about our roots, migration and what gives us strength in difficult or uncertain times. The buddleja plant, which is common in Britain and Asia is known for…

Islamophobia Awareness Month. Stand up together – it makes us strong!

ISLAMOPHOBIA A MYTH ? The sad reality of the matter is that is REAL, the need to spread awareness and stand united to dispel and dismantle biases is our collective responsibility. What is ISLAMOPHOBIA & HATE CRIME ? The UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Related Intolerance, defined Islamophobia…

The Well-Bean Crisis Cafe – one year on

November 12th 2017 marks the anniversary of the Well-Bean Crisis Café, it really doesn’t feel like we have been open a year. From having just one visitor on the first night of our service a year ago, the service has developed significantly – with over 350 service visits in the last quarter. Though we have…

Are you living with a Long Term Health Condition?

Are you living with a Long Term Health Condition? E.g. – Arthritis · Heart Condition · Depression · Stroke · Epilepsy · Diabetes · Asthma · HIV · Lupus · Cancer · Dementia · COPD · Anxiety · Cystic Fibrosis · Obesity · IBS · PTSD Are you interested in mental health? Come and find out……

Stop. Celebrate. Tell – A Reflection

Stop. Celebrate. Tell. There is no doubting how important it is to take the time to stop, look at what you’ve done well, celebrate and share your successes with others. This is usually easier said than done. So often we have many things in our lives that demand our time and attention, but it is…

Young persons focus group

Are you aged between 18-30? Are you from a Black or Minority Ethnic (BME) background? Do you live in Leeds? Do you have mental health issues? Want to come together with others like yourself? Join us for a cup of tea and cake @ The Support Centre in Harehills 53-55 Harehills Avenue Leeds LS8 4EX…

National Stress Awareness Day

5 tips to help manage stress   1) It can be easy to feel overwhelmed if we have a lot of things happening in our lives. We naturally focus on the negative things in life such as the things we can’t do. Try to focus on the things that you can do something about. This…

Interwoven Histories – A new creative project for older BME people in Leeds!

This year, Touchstone has partnered with visual arts organisation, Pavilion to deliver “Interwoven Histories” – a  project which aims to engage older people from BME communities in creative arts workshops. Wednesday 18th October marked the first workshop of our exciting new programme, when Carol Sorhaindo introduced the Hamari Yaadain Dementia Café members to the use…

Alice Coachman athlete #BlackHistoryMonth

In London in 1948, Alice Coachman became the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, when she won the high jump competition. She was also the only female American athlete to win a medal at these Olympics. A fine sprinter as well as a superb high jumper, there’s little doubt she would have won…

John Henrik Clarke historian #BlackHistoryMonth

Born John Henry Clark on January 1, 1915, in Union Springs, Alabama, John left the family farm in Columbus in 1933 to Harlem, New York during the period some historians refer to as; The Great Migration. This period refers to the time between 1910 and 1970, where African Americans moved from the southern states, to the northern states…

Frank Bailey firefighter #BlackHistoryMonth

Frank Arthur Bailey, a man who’s legacy has been remembered by a glistening career in the London Fire Brigade, passed away in 2015 aged 90. Born in Guyana, Frank came to England in 1953 as a political activist, joining the West Indian Standing Conference. Whilst a member of WISC, he heard about the Fire Brigades…

Let’s Celebrate Black History Month

Join us to celebrate some of the many great achievements of the Black African and Caribbean community in your local area, in Leeds, the UK and across the world. Monday 30 October, 1-5pm Dewsbury Road Community Hub, 190 Dewsbury Rd, LS11 6PF We invite you to share your story or a story about a friend,…

“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…