Events

UK Dementia Congress 2016

Ripal from Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service will be giving a presentation on Dementia Within BME Communities at the UK Dementia Congress, to be held in Brighton in 1-3 November: “the largest annual multi-disciplinary dementia-focused event and exhibition in the UK and the best opportunity for professionals to learn from and be inspired by others’ experience,…

Men’s Health Week: 13 to 19 June 2016 #MensHealthWeek #ShowUsYourBlue

We all get stressed. The question is: what do you do about it? It matters because if we don’t release stress, it can turn into something more serious. This year, one in four of us will develop a mental health problem. That is odds of 3 to 1; or about the same as France or…

#CoproductionLeeds – what Twitter said

We had an amazing turnout for the Co-production conference organised by Touchstone and Leeds Involving People and – appropriately – a great sense of involvement and collaboration. Below, we’ve collated the responses and photos that many attendees published to Twitter during or after the event. [View the story “Co-Production Conference” on Storify]

“Two Minds” – a poem for Mental Health Awareness Week

To mark the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week, a user of Touchstone’s services shares a poem that describes some of her experience of living with mental illness.   I‘ve written poetry for as long as I can remember, having my first poem published at the age of 14. Since then I’ve had a poem…

Events to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in Yorkshire

Progress in overcoming discrimination based on sexual orientation and to ensuring fair treatment for everyone can seem painfully slow at times. So sometimes it’s good to celebrate what’s been achieved already, as well as looking at the road ahead. 17th May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (known by the slightly quirky acronym IDAHOBIT)….

Calderdale Health Awareness Event

Calderdale BME Health Forum invite you to… A FREE HEALTH AWARENESS EVENT Thursday 26th May 11.30am – 2pm Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, Halifax HX1 4NE Do you want to know more about local health issues? Any health topics you would like to find out more about? Come along to the BME Health Forum’s…

Love Arts seeking artists for mental health arts festival

The Arts and Minds Network would once again like to work in partnership with artists in all mediums, whose work has a connection to mental wellbeing. The annual Love Arts Festival will run this year from 5th – 20th October 2016. Deadline for Submissions is 4pm on Monday 9th May To submit a proposal to contribute…

Touchstone Leadership Masterclass 2016 – Session Two – Rob Vickerman

You are cordially invited to attend this very special event:- Rob Vickerman talking about “Transformational leadership to develop better people and players” Come and hear about improving you and your teams leadership potential When: Tuesday, 19th April 2016 Where: The Enterprise Foundation – Leeds City Centre, Third Floor, Symons House, Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8DD Time: 12 –…

Happy Chinese New Year!

​ By Geraldine M ​Monday 8th February 2016 is the day many people will be saying ‟Gong xi fa cai” (pronounced, roughly, ‟gong she fars eye”) – the Chinese greeting for ‟Happy New Year” – meaning ‟Be happy, get rich”.   …to which the response is often ‟Hong bao na lai” (‟hong bow na lie”)…

WY-FI annual conference: From Theory to Practice

On Thursday 21st April 2016, WY-FI are running a conference in Leeds for commissioners and service providers working with: Homelessness Addiction to alcohol and/or drugs Re-offending Mental ill health WY-FI is a collaborative project between several West Yorkshire organisations, which aims to help people with multiple and complex needs to access the services and support they need…

LGBT History Month – February 2016

LGBT History Month is celebrated in February in the UK, but the work to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia continues throughout the year. The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done by: Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

Touchstone Leadership Masterclass 2016 – Session One

You are cordially invited to attend this very special event:- Iby Knill telling “My Story: The woman without a number” Come and hear about her experiences, successes, and challenges. When: Monday, 15th February 2016 Where: Tiger 11 Hillside, Beeston Road, LS11 8ND Time: 12 – 2pm. Lunch will be provided. RSVP: office@touchstonesupport.org.uk While growing up in Czechoslovakia during the 1920s and…

Winter Wellbeing Cafe in Lincoln Green

Beginning Saturday 16th January and running every Saturday till 2nd April, our Winter Wellbeing Evening Cafe will give you an opportunity to get some advice, company and hot food at the coldest time of year. The cafe takes place at ELHFA, 41-47 Cromwell Mount, Leeds LS9 7ST. Everyone welcome and pay what you feel. Saturday…

16 Days of Action

Why the 16 Days of Action? The 16 Days of Action run from 25 November to 10 December, overlapping the following events to highlight the connection between human rights and domestic violence: International Human Rights Defenders Day (29 November) World Aids Day (1 December) The anniversary of the Montreal École Polytechnique Massacre (6 December). Did You…

Anti-Bullying Week 16-20th November 2015

Bullying does not just happen in school, nor is it always children who are the bullies or the victims of bullying.  Bullying can and does happen everywhere. Anti-Bullying week is about raising awareness of what bullying is and works to help people stand up to the bully in their community, be that home, work or…

Annual Celebration – 3rd December

Touchstone’s Annual Celebration will be held on Thursday 3rd December at Leeds Bangladeshi Centre, Roundhay Road, LS8 5AN. The Celebration is an opportunity to review our progress over the last year and to find out about our future plans. The theme of this year’s meeting will be “Peer Leadership and Lived Experience”.

National Inclusion Week launches in Leeds

National Inclusion Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion in the workplace and the business benefits of having an inclusive workforce. The National launch event for the week will be at the Civic Hall in Leeds on Monday 21st September. You can book your place online.

Leadership Masterclass 5 – Dr Satwant K Rait

Continuing our series of Leadership Masterclasses, which has already included sessions led by Touchstone staff and by guests from other organisations, Touchstone trustee Dr Satwant K Rait will be talking at the Hamara Centre, Beeston on Tuesday 15th September. Satwant will talk about “A History of Migration:-Overcoming Barriers“. Come and hear about her experiences, successes, and challenges….

Making Chapeltown a Dementia Friendly Community – Wednesday 22nd July

Leeds BME Dementia Workers Forum invites you to Making Chapeltown a Dementia Friendly Community 9:30 to 11:30 on Wednesday 22nd July at the Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road. To book your place, or for further information, please contact: Ripaljeet Kaur on 0113 219 2727 or email office@tuchstonesupport.org.uk.

Diabetes education programme for Urdu and Punjabi speakers

Touchstone is delivering a structured education programme to people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and those already living with the condition. The course is written by an NHS diabetic dietician and nutritionist (Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust) and has been specifically adapted for South Asian Punjabi and Urdu speaking communities. It will incorporate healthy…

WY-FI BME TalkShop

On Monday 8th June, a BME Talkshop event was held at Touchstone House, organised by the West Yorkshire – Finding Independence (WY-FI). The West Yorkshire – Finding Independence (WY-FI) project is one of the 12 Big Lottery funded Fulfilling lives projects working with people with entrenched multiple and complex needs to engage and access appropriate…

Carers Week (8th-14th June)

The people who care for people with disabilities, long term health conditions or mental health issues often need some support themselves. Carers Week was established to highlight both the support that’s available and what else might be needed. Some of the events happening in Leeds for this year’s Carers Week are listed below. Tuesday 9th June…

Tom Riordan speaks on “Leading Through Austerity”

Those of us who work in the voluntary sector or in government-funded services, are often painfully aware of the effects of ongoing budget cuts. We see the effect they have in the lives of the people who use our services and also the effect they have on the level of service we’re able to offer….

Dementia Information Event – 22nd May

21 MAY 2015 10.30AM—2.30PM at Leeds Irish Centre, York Road As part of Dementia Awareness Week Leeds Irish Health and Homes and Touchstone are holding an information event for people across the city. Join us at this FREE Information event Hear from Dr Oliver J Corrado, Consultant Physician, Leeds Teaching Hospitals’, ‘Dementia Champion’ and CoClinical Lead…

Stonewall CEO to address Touchstone staff

Ruth Hunt

Everyone can be a leader, helping to drive positive change at work, in our lives and in our communities. As part of our commitment to develop all our staff’s leadership potential, Touchstone is organising a series of Leadership Masterclasses. We’re very pleased to announce that Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall, will be addressing staff during…