World Diabetes Day

Naseem Tariq (manager of Touchstone’s Long Term Condition and Diabetes Programme), speaks about World Diabetes Day, and ways to manage or avoid the condition: Today is World Diabetes Day, which has grown every year to become a globally-celebrated event to increase awareness about diabetes. It is proving effective in spreading the message about diabetes and raising…

Employee Engagement Awards

We want everybody who works at Touchstone to know how much they are valued, to understand the impact that their work has on individuals and communities, and to feel that they’re being supported to do their best work. Because of this, we’re delighted to announce that we have been short-listed in the Employee Engagement Awards…

Islamophobia Awareness Month

Islamophobia Awareness Month by Ruqayyah G, CBT therapist Touchstone IAPT Islamophobia or anti-Muslim racism is the prejudice, hatred, or bigotry directed against Islam or Muslims. Islamophobia is when someone is targeted (including Islamic institutes and organisations), discriminated against or excluded in any way, due to their actual or perceived Muslim identity. It also includes prejudice that…

Lemn Sissay to speak at Touchstone’s Annual Celebration.

Every year, when we present our annual report, we also take time to celebrate the amazing progress and success made by so many of the people who use our services and by the staff and volunteers who support them. This year’s celebration event will be on Thursday 1st December at Sri Guru Nanak Sikh Temple…

Positive Care Programme in Dewsbury

Beginning this week, Positive Care Programme will be offering taster sessions at Thrive at Connect in Dewsbury (Wednesdays 9th to 30th November). The sessions are for people with long term conditions (including mental health problems) and unpaid carers. Group workshops cover a wide variety of topics about looking after your mind, body and spirit, plus there…

National Stress Awareness Day

Today is national stress awareness day and to highlight this important day our colleague at Geraldine M has written this wonderful piece. Stress Awareness Day I heard a comedian talking about how normal it is to talk about feeling stressed… that we say ‘I feel so stressed at work’ or ‘my children make me feel…

Touchstone featured in Stonewall’s LGBT careers guide

Touchstone is more than proud to be featured in “Starting Out” a career guide published by Stonewall for LGBT+ job seekers and graduates. For many people entering the job market, it’s hard to know how open to be about their sexual orientation. However, research from Stonewall shows that workers who are comfortable to be out at work also…

Choosing to be a positive role model – an article by Stonewall’s Josh Willacy

Josh Willacy is an Account Manager at Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity. He manages the housing sector and looks after the Yorkshire and Humber region, advising organisations on policy-making decisions and helping them to ensure their workplaces are as inclusive for LGBT staff as possible. Growing up mixed race and gay…

West Yorkshire Hate Crime Reporting App #NHCAW

Earlier this year, Stop Hate UK launched a new hate crimereporting app for West Yorkshire. The app can be used on Android or Apple phones and tablets and helps witnesses and those targeted because of their identity, throughout West Yorkshire, to report incidents of hate crime. Users can also access information and advice about local Hate…

Celebrating Black History Month

Our colleague in Touchstone IAPT Carlyn B has written a piece about a topic close to her heart to celebrate Black History Month. We hope you enjoy reading it… BLACK HISTORY MONTH Many people do not know but the month of October every year is dedicated to black history month. The month is dedicated to…

10th October is World Mental Health Day #WMHD16

Sometimes World Mental Health Day seems like a slightly strange idea – as if there were ever a day when mental health wasn’t a significant issue. What we hope that World Mental Health Day provides is an opportunity for people to begin conversations about their mental health, which can then continue for as long as…

National Coming Out Day

Coming out – speaking the truth that we’re not sure others want to hear – it’s a courageous act. What reaction will we meet? Celebration, condemnation, curiosity or indifference? Will people stand by us, or will they walk away? Will we, maybe, inspire someone else to have the courage to speak their hidden truth? What…

The Living Well Cafe – for people living with a long term health condition

Touchstone is delivering three structured education sessions in partnership with Leeds Community Healthcare, QISMET and Sheffield University’s School of Health and Related Research. The sessions will run for adults across Leeds living with Long Term Health Conditions. These will be co-designed to support individuals to self manage a range of Long Term Health Conditions including…

Social prescribing service nominated for innovation award

The Patient Empowerment Project (PEP) has been shortlisted in the Primary Care Innovation category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards. The PEP is a social prescribing service commissioned by NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  and delivered by a partnership including BARCA-Leeds, Touchstone, Better Leeds Communities and Leeds Mind, which helps GPs access community…

Wellbean Café; Hope in a Crisis

New crisis café will open in the Lincoln Green area of Leeds on Saturday 19th November 2016. The new crisis café is funded by North Leeds CCG from regional NHS England Vanguard money, as West Yorkshire is a vanguard for crisis and urgent care. The Leeds Crisis and Urgent Care Steering Group has developed the idea for…

Vacancy: CARE COORDINATOR (REC01)

An exciting opportunity to work for Touchstone in an innovative partnership based at Asket House Recovery Centre.  Other partners in the project are LYPFT, Community Links and Leeds Mind. The role involves taking on the responsibility of care coordination within the project, working with service users, health care professionals on wards, community based recovery workers…

Vacancy: CRISIS CAFÉ SUPPORT WORKER x 3 POSTS (Ref: CCSW01)

Touchstone, a multi award winning mental health charity supporting vulnerable people and reducing health inequalities and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, a multi award winning, radical mental health charity supporting people in acute mental health crisis are working together to deliver this exciting new service. The Crisis Café provides a safe, non-clinical space for individuals…

Raat Di Roti – support through sharing

Raat Di Roti is ever increasing to become a popular project where volunteers and matched elderly participants come together in a cosy environment to share stories, laughter, joy, and a meal. We have had positive feedback from a few of the elderly participants and likewise from the volunteers expressing they find the experience so endearing…

Cha Da Cup – a weekly drop-in with the Sikh Elders Service

“After my stroke, I have been struggling for a while and my independence has been affected. The Tai Chi Therapy I have had over the last 3 weeks is helping me with my movement, I’m doing this at home every day and look forward to coming to the group every week, getting out of the…

Touchstone is number 1 inclusive employer

Touchstone is delighted to announce that it has been placed top of The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List – recognising the hard work that the team continually do to attract and retain a diverse workforce. The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers was published on 1st September 2016, showcasing organisations that promote inclusion across all protected…

Leadership Masterclass with Jon Royle from the Bridge Project – Tuesday 15th November

Jon Royle has worked in the substance misuse sector for 25 years as a volunteer, researcher, therapist and manager. He will be delivering the next session of Touchstone’s Leadership Masterclass on 15th November 2016. Before joining the Bridge Project he worked for Addiction Dependency Solutions, a regional substance misuse charity as an Area Director. Jon…

Winter Wellbeing Café Top Ten Tips

As Winter starts to return, we’re republishing some of the tips that our Winter Wellbeing Cafe came up with last year – to help you keep healthy and safe through the cold months.  1. Eat more fruit and veg to boost your immune system, including prunes, kiwi fruit, other greens and carrots. Also make garlic part…

Leadership Masterclass with Richard McCann – 22nd September

#LeadershipMasterclass with Richard McCann – @iCanInspire Richard McCann is a Sunday Times No1 Bestselling author. His first book, ‘Just a Boy’, has sold close to 400,000 copies and has been translated around the world. The BBC has made a film about him and he has an extraordinary life story. Brought up on the ‘At Risk’ register until…

New Hearing Voices Network in Kirklees

For more information contact Connect Housing Mental Health Services Team on 03005000611 or Pathways on 01924 326540 You can RSVP online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kirklees-hearing-voices-group-tickets-27255505952 Event Flyer

Staff Equality and Diversity at Touchstone

Touchstone supports people from a wide range of backgrounds and we aim to reflect the same diversity among our staff. To check how we’re doing, each year we ask staff to complete a brief survey. The results of our 2016 survey are summarised below. 14% of staff have a disability, compared to 13% the previous…

Vacancy: HR & Office Administrator (Ref: HR01)

Minimum of 25 hours per week, with the potential of up to 30 hours per week NJC Scale 4 – Spinal Column 18-21, starting at £17,891 pa/pro-rata You will assist in providing an effective Human Resources service being involved in all aspects of Human Resources including supporting recruitment and learning and development, as well as…

Parity of Esteem for Mental and Physical Health

‘Parity of Esteem’ is essentially: ‘Valuing mental health equally with physical health’. More fully, parity of esteem means that, when compared with physical healthcare, mental healthcare is characterised by: Equal access to the most effective and safest care and treatment Equal efforts to improve the quality of care The allocation of time, effort and resources in proportion…