Ben Deutsch

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…

WY-FI Peer Mentor Training – now recruiting

WY-FI PEER MENTORING TRAINING NOW RECRUITING! The Closing date for Expressions of Interest is Friday 22nd December 2017. Our recruitment event will follow the deadline for successful E.O.I’s on Thursday 11th January 2017. Link to Expression of Interest form: https://wy-fi.org.uk/becoming-a-wy-fi-peer-mentor/ If anyone is interested in the opportunity but requires more information, please suggest that they call the office on…

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……

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…

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 firerighter #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…

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 – 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…