CDS Publications

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…

The Mental Health Support Experiences in Leeds of Black Women and Roma Men, Born Outside of the UK

Touchstone’s vision is to inspire communities and to transform lives. Over our 30 plus years of operating across West Yorkshire this aspiration has led us to focus on the hopes, experiences and outcomes of our most diverse communities, as experience shows that these communities are most often the most excluded, marginalised and overlooked. These reports will hopefully go…

Migrant Access Point project in 4 minutes

Touchstone’s Community Development Service has produced this video to explain the work of the Migrant Access Point project, empowering community members to improve access for their communities to services in Leeds. Migrant Access Point Project in 4 minutes from Touchstone on Vimeo.

Leeds Census 2011 – Another update from the CDWs

After the enormous success of our last post analysing the 2011 Leeds Census Arfan Hanif  from the Community Development team has crunched yet more data to explain the ethnic makeup of each electoral ward in Leeds. This kind of information is really important for local services trying to work out who lives on their doorstep, so…

Refugee Mental Health – Action Research Final Report

Touchstone and PAFRAS collaborated on action research project last year, looking at the mental health needs and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds. We are proud to publish the final report – which contains the findings and actions of the action learning sets, and priorities for action, based on analysis of lived experiences…

Touchstone Community Development Analyse the 2011 Census

The Census took place on 27 March 2011 with a response rate of 94%. The first released data was published on 11 December 2012 by the Office of National Statistics. The BME Community Development Team at Touchstone have published this brief analysis of local Census data related to ethnicity, religion and faith to help you make sense of…

Saga Project Webcast

  The Department of Health came to Touchstone and asked how they might publicise delivering race equality amongst the Black Caribbean communities of Leeds. Touchstone said that the best people to ask were members of the communities themselves.  So this musical collaboration took place. Saga and Rap Conscious Productions wrote and produced a track called…

Report: Working Together for Equality

Working Together for Equality Resource Pack

WYLDA (West Yorkshire Learning and Development Agency) worked with partners, including Touchstone to produce this Equality Resource Pack (December 2010). Download the report…

Report: Improving access to breast screening for BME women

Improving access to breast screening for BME women

Touchstone has been working with the NHS as part of the Pacesetters programme to make sure that all women in Leeds understand the existence and importance of screening. (Nov 2010)  Download the leaflet…

Report: Talking Our Language

Touchstone’s report and training resources to improve mental health awareness among Pakistani and Chinese communities.  This was part of the Department of Health Pacesetters programme. (Aug 2010) Download the report…

Report: BME Perspectives on Substance Use and Mental Health Problems

Dual diagnosis report – “BME Perspectives on Substance Use and Mental Health Problems” (2009). Report of a consultation with people from African Caribbean and Bangladeshi Communities in Leeds – compiled in partnership with St Anne’s Community Services and St Martin’s Practice. Download the report…

Report: The Mental Health Providers Forum

Touchstone piloted the mental health recovery star and contributed to this report The Recovery Star Model and Cultural Competency. (June 2009) Download the report…

Report: Equalities Consultation

Report on the an Equalities Consultation that Touchstone led on behalf of NHS Leeds (Jan 2009).  We enabled a Community Research Team to explore the views of a number of BME communities. Download the report…

Report: The mental health needs of BME communities in Leeds

Two service users enjoying a coffee

Background to the research This research was initiated by the BME Advisory Group to the Mental Health Modernisation Team (BMEAG), and paid for by Leeds Adult Social Care (formerly,  Leeds Social Services). It was commissioned to inform decisions on how to spend the monies that were freed up by the closure of the Black Mental Health…