Events

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TOUCHSTONE’S VOLUNTEER MARKET PLACE INFORMATION AND RECRUITMENT EVENT LEEDS POLISH CENTRE CHAPELTOWN ROAD LS7 4JE THURSDAY 28th SEPTEMBER 10AM-2PM Are you a passionate and supportive individual? Looking for work experience in the field of mental health and wellbeing? Interested in becoming a Touchstone volunteer? Come along to our volunteer market place! Contact Zeba Khan on…

Local Time to Change Champions needed to shape campaign!

Time to Change Leeds is looking for passionate volunteers who have experienced mental health problems. Joining the Champion Campaign Group is an opportunity to meet like-minded people and campaign together to celebrate mental health in the city. You are essential to making a difference.   If you want to find out more, please attend the…

Depression Recovery course at Leeds Grand Mosque

Depression is much more common than we often think; sometimes we do not even recognize what it is… Depression is debilitating and it can hit anyone of us: male or female, young or old, regardless of our social circumstances. The important thing to realize is that there is hope and things will get better –…

Everyone Has Great Ideas! Report from the Leeds Co-production Conference

On 6th July 2017, Touchstone hosted Leeds’ second coproduction conference.  This time to coincide with national coproduction week. The aims of the conference were 3 fold: To shine a light on the existing examples of coproduction in the region To introduce more people to the “I Statements” and their place in mental health commissioning in Leeds To…

Leadership Masterclass: Steph Calvert

Steph Calvert will be speaking at the Touchstone Leadership Masterclass on Wednesday 26th July 12noon to 2pm at Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, LS11 8ND Steph was born in 1958, and only realised she was officially a boy on seeing her first brother in the bath when she was two. Decades of confusion and distress followed, along…

Setting the Standard for Coproduction #coproweek

At Touchstone we strive to model all that is great about coproduction.  In 2016, we delivered Leeds’ first ever coproduction conference which included contributions from all sectors and – of course – experts by experience as a given. We also wrote a blog about the conference for SCIE, which can be found here: http://coproductionweek.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/coproduction-conference.html On…

WY-FI Peer Mentor Training – begins August 2017

What do I need to become a WY-FI Peer Mentor? To become a WY-FI Peer Mentor you must have: previous experience of volunteering or peer mentoring (supporting people) lived experience of at least two of the following: homelessness addiction to drugs, substances and/or alcohol re-offending behaviour mental ill health How do I become a WY-FI…

Dementia Information Event – 18th May

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, Touchstone (in partnership wit the Reginald Centre and Feel Good Factor) is organising a dementia information event for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities on Thursday 18th May. We’ll be at the Reginald Centre on Chapeltown Road in Leeds from 9:30am to 1pm. Join us at this free information…

Thanks to Brudenell Groove

Working Together for Equality Resource Pack

Last Friday Brudenell Groove – the not-for-profit dance party held an event at HiFi raising money for Touchstone and Yorkshire MESMAC. We’d like to say a huge thank to you Brudenell Groove, for supporting us and for challenging discrimination and for creating safer party spaces. To find out more about Brudenell Groove head over to…

Best Start peer support launch event

Do you work in South Leeds with pregnant women and parents and carers of children aged 0-2? Come and find out about our new Peer Support Programme. Are you pregnant or a parent or carer yourself? If so why not come along and see how you can get involved. Thursday 18th May, 11am-2pm Come and…

Free courses for people with Type 2 Diabetes

BDPL (BME Diabetes Programme Leeds) Do you have Type 2 Diabetes? Join our course to learn how to manage and take control of your diabetes. Learn in Urdu, Punjabi and English with your own community. Free Structured 8 week diabetes education for Black , Minority & Ethnic communities. This course will increase your knowledge, skills…

Demystifying Business Development @ Touchstone

Business Development can seem like a slippery concept, with many people interpreting what it means in many different ways. Not only this, but it’s a term that refers to quite different things, depending on the context and sector in which it’s being used .At  Touchstone it refers to a wide ranging of activities, conversations and…

Leadership Masterclass: Adam Smith of the Real Junk Food Project

Tuesday 25th April 12noon to 2pm at Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, LS11 8ND Touchstone’s Leadership Masterclass series celebrates indviduals who have achieved great things in spite of circumastances in their lives. Adam Smith is a founder and co-director of the visionary, multi-award-winning, global initiative: The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP). Set up in December 2013,…

From Short Changed to System Change – WY-FI Annual Learning Event 2017

The WY-FI Project supports people with multiple needs across West Yorkshire. At their annual learning event this year, they will share their learning from year 3 of the WY-FI Project in relation to: effective beneficiary engagement the impact of integrated multi-agency work, and the benefits of co-production Touchstone’s own Alison Lowe and Jennie McCreight will…

Free art group for women

From 1st March, Touchstone’s Community Development Service will be running a free 10 week art group at Inkwell on Potternewton Lane for women aged 18-25. The group will focus on positivity, wellbeing. The group will run every Wednesday for 10 weeks, from 2pm to 4pm. To join the group, contact Beth or Vanysha on 0112…

Leadership Masterclass for LGBT History Month

To celebrate LGBT History Month, Touchstone will be holding a special Leadership Masterclass on Tuesday 28th February with a panel of LGBT BME speakers. 28th February: 12 noon – 2 pm (lunch included) Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8ND   Guest speaker panel Khakan Qureshi (founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice)…

Sikh Elders Service – projects for 2017

Cha Da Cup will continue on Monday 9th January from 10.00am-12.30pm to support and provide enriched experiences to over 70’s, and the socially isolated and lonely, over 55’s. We will continue to work with partnerships and volunteer drivers to offer transport to those who are not able to access this group. This group remains free…

Touchstone Leadership Masterclass 2017 Session One – Sufyan Gulam Ismail

Sufyan Gulam Ismail is an award-winning Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist and was recently ranked amongst the 500 most influential Muslims in the World. He graduated from the University of Manchester and then started his career training with Deloitte. Sufyan has built numerous businesses over the years specialising in financial services, private equity and real estate.  His businesses have won numerous awards including ‘UK’s fastest growing company’, NW entrepreneur…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Cook 4 Life course for men in East Leeds

Free 6 week Cook 4 Life Sessions for Men Cooking on a budget Simple healthy recipes Cooking tips (how to save money) Improve skills and knowledge Fun cook and eat sessions Starting Thursday 11th August 1pm till 3pm at East Leeds Health For all 41-47 Cromwell Mount, LS9 7ST (opposite Freshways) Please Call Wendy on 0113…

The rainbow flag – what it means and where it comes from

As businesses and communities prepare for Leeds Pride this weekend, we can expect to see a plethora of rainbow flags adorning the buildings of Leeds city centre. The flag has been a symbol of LGBT unity and strength for nearly 40 years – so much so, that we rarely think about what they flag’s origins…

SES on the “orient Express”

Sikh Elders Service manager Chani Batebajwe describes the most recent outing organised for users of the service. SES went out on their annual trip on the 25th June to Whitby via Pickering on a steam train experience. Everyone, all 55 of them, attentively listened to the volunteer guide talking about the history of the railway and…

Tour De Touchstone 3: Rio’s Revenge

Touchstone Support is fundraising for Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Get ready for some more FUNdraising action with Tour De Touchstone 3: Rio’s Revenge! On the 22nd July 2016, everyone will be invited to compete in 7 wacky events at each Touchstone site in the hopes of winning our First Place prize! Our…

Ramadhan Mubarak

As we approach the end of Ramadhan, Carers Leeds and Touchstone would like to share some information on what it means to observe Ramadhan and how it may affect the daily lives of carers and others. Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar.  For 30 days Muslims spend the daylight hours in…

#coproweek A Coproduced Poem on Coproduction

At our recent coproduction conference, we asked all the attendees to write down some of the words that they felt were most important when considering coproduction (design of services in a way which allows equal input from the people who use those services as well as those who deliver, fund or facilitate them). The finished…