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Listen and Learn – Business Development

As an organisation Touchstone champions the values of inclusion and diversity, co-production, and quality and continuous improvement. As a team, the Business Development team are always looking for ways to discover and support the ideas of all the people we work with, and build relationships and partnerships that lead to better services for communities across…

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…

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……

Stop. Celebrate. Tell – A Reflection

Stop. Celebrate. Tell. There is no doubting how important it is to take the time to stop, look at what you’ve done well, celebrate and share your successes with others. This is usually easier said than done. So often we have many things in our lives that demand our time and attention, but it is…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Dosti Diwali Party – 26th October

DOSTI DIWALI PARTY ON THURSDAY 26TH OF OCTOBER 2017 At BAME Health and wellbeing Hub Reginald Terrace LS7 3EZ Time 10.30am Till 2.30pm Come and enjoy the celebrations with us DJ & Dance Hot Food Games and Raffle Prizes Live Singing For more information Contact Pooja on: 0113 2038893 Tuesday/Thursday Email: poojal@touchstonesupport.org.uk

Mental Health Awareness Workshop at Leeds Grand Mosque

Touchstone’s IAPT team are running a Mental Health awareness workshop on Monday 9th October at 12.30pm at Leeds Grand Mosque. It will be for around 2 hours to cover: ​Touchstone IAPT How common mental health concerns are.  To identify how someone can be feeling/behaving but not linking it to low mood or anxiety.  To explain confidentiality, assessment process…

World Mental Health Week events from the Touchstone Community Development team

Next week the Community Development Service and new Migrant Access Project  Plus Teams are going to venues across Leeds to talk to people about workplace mental health. This is to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October and we’ll be doing activities throughout the week. As well as running sessions for staff working…

Black History Month trip to Wilberforce House in Hull

October is Black History Month – Let’s Celebrate! Join us on a coach trip to Wilberforce House in Hull on Wednesday 18th October 2017 Who was William Wilberforce? William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) was a politician who campaigned to end the slave trade and lived to see the abolition of slavery in 1807 and the freeing of all slaves…

MindWell website user survey

The MindWell team are celebrating their first anniversary with a survey to find out how we are doing. The link below will provide us with vital feedback from users of the site so that we can continually improve the content and how the site works. The survey will take a few minutes to complete and is mostly tick boxes….

The beautiful game

Barnsley Futures (Holden House)  put a team together to enter a 6 a side football tournament for suicide awareness week.  The tournament was organised through the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness and funds for this serious issue.  It was held on Saturday 9/9/17 at the Barnsley Academy indoor ground (due…

Latest newsletter from Sikh Elders Service

The latest newsletter from Sikh Elders Service is now out. This issue includes: SES will be holding a consultation for all service users on 6th November There’s a fundraising Dinner and Dance on 13th October As Summer fades, there’s some advice for getting ready for Winter The newsetter also contains information about ongoing projects, including…

Baby Week at Dewsbury Road Community Hub

14TH AND 15TH SEPTEMBER 2017 Free activities/taster sessions and information stalls Celebrating Baby Week Creating Relationships Enjoy the fun and find out more about local services and activities available for babies, children and families. Places are limited for some activities, so please book by visiting: www.ticketsource.co.uk/leedslibraryevents DEWSBURY ROAD COMMUNITY HUB 190, Dewsbury Road, Leeds LS11 6PF Thursday…

Diwali Dinner and Dance Fundraising Event

Bhangra Dancers – Raffle – Auction Money  raised will go to the Sikh Elders Service Friday 13th October 2017 White Rose Banqueting Suite 67 Tong Road, Leeds, LS12 1HQ 6.00pm – 11.00pm DRESS TO IMPRESS To book your ticket call on 0113 216 3143 Charanjit: 07842481270 Chani: 07825438376 Zeba: 07823448429   Ticket prices: Adults £15 Children under 12 £8…

Find out about volunteering at Touchstone

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…

Touchstone awarded new Peer-Led Brokerage contract in Kirklees

We are delighted to announce that Touchstone has been awarded the new Mental Health Peer Led Brokerage contract by Kirklees Council, to commence on 1 October 2017. Touchstone has been delivering the pilot of this innovative service for the past four years, enabling people living with mental health difficulties to use their Direct Payments to…

Staff 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 2017 survey are summarised below. 16% of staff have a disability, compared to 14% the previous…

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 –…

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…

Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds

Hosted by local charity, Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), the Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds event will welcome special guest HRH Prince Henry of Wales on Thursday 6th July 2017 in Leeds. Leeds Leads: Encouraging Happy Young Minds is a beacon event addressing the mental wellbeing of the city’s young people. The event will bring…

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…

Leeds Commitment to Carers

Unpaid carers are crucial both to our communities and to the sustainability of health and care in the city. If Leeds is to be the best city in the UK for health and wellbeing then it has to be the best for carers. The Leeds Commitment to Carers has been co-produced by members of the Leeds Carers Partnership, which includes a significant contribution…