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Vacancy: Assistant Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner

SALARY: Agenda For Change Band 4, starting at  £21,089 pa HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION Leeds This role is fixed term for 12 months Leeds IAPT consists of 4 partners, Leeds Community Healthcare, Touchstone, Northpoint and Community Links. Together we have delivered the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in Leeds since 2009….

Vacancy: Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner – 2 posts

SALARY: Agenda For Change Band 5, starting at  £24,214 pa HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION Leeds Leeds IAPT consists of 4 partners, Leeds Community Healthcare, Touchstone, Northpoint and Community Links. Together we have delivered the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme in Leeds since 2009. The current remit of Touchstone IAPT within the…

Vacancy: Community Health Development Analyst – Data & Intelligence

SALARY: NJC Scale Points 23 – 25, starting at £26,999 pa / pro rata HOURS: 30 hours per week LOCATION Leeds This is an exciting opportunity to work in an existing service, Mentally Healthy Leeds, which is aimed to improve public mental health in the city. The service is funded by Leeds City Council and…

Vacancy: Community Development Worker

SALARY: NJC Scale Points 23 – 25, starting at £26,999 pa HOURS: 18.5 hours per week LOCATION Leeds  This role is fixed term until 31 March 2021 This is an exciting opportunity to work in an existing service, Mentally Healthy Leeds, which is aimed to improve public mental health in the city. The service is…

Vacancy: Peer Support Coordinator

SALARY NJC Scale Points 23 – 25, starting at £26,999 pa HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION Leeds  Touchstone is part of the new Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS) for Leeds – the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS).  This exciting new partnership will mobilise and deliver an integrated service to offer primary care based…

Vacancy: Peer and Volunteer Development Worker

SALARY NJC Scale Points 18-22, starting at £24,313 pa HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION Leeds  Touchstone is part of the new Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS) for Leeds – the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS).  This exciting new partnership will mobilise and deliver an integrated service to offer primary care based mental health…

Vacancy: Peer Support and Coproduction Administrator

SALARY NJC Scale Points 7 – 11, starting at £19,554 pa/pro rata HOURS: 32 hours per week Peer Support – 21 hours per week Coproduction – 11 hours per week LOCATION Leeds  Touchstone is part of the new Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS) for Leeds – the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS).  This exciting…

Vacancy: Peer Support Worker

SALARY NJC Scale Points 7 – 11, starting at £19,554 pa/pro rata HOURS: 1 x 25 hours per week 1 x 16 hours per week LOCATION Leeds  Touchstone is part of the new Primary Care Mental Health Service (PCMHS) for Leeds – the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service (LMWS).  This exciting new partnership will mobilise and…

LGBTQI+ Have Your Voice Heard Feedback

St Georges Centre Leeds, 22nd June 2018 We successfully held a consultation event where all local mental health services were asked to promote the event and bring along their service users. As well as having lived experience speakers we had a few professionals throughout the day letting us know the good things that are happening…

Vacancy: Business Development Officer

SALARY NJC Scale Points 18 – 22, starting at £24,313 pa HOURS:  37 hours per week LOCATION Leeds  Touchstone is a diverse, exciting and values-led organisation and we are seeking a Business Development Officer to support the delivery of our business development strategy.  We are looking for a confident, literate and organised person to take…

Vacancy: Universal Advocate

SALARY Starting at NJC Scale Point 12, £21,589 pa / pro rata HOURS:  1 x 30 to 37 hours per week 1 x 15 to 22 hours per week LOCATION Kirklees ASK4Advocacy is an exciting new advocacy service that provides statutory and non-statutory advocacy services across the District of Kirklees. We are looking to recruit…

Crisis cafe for people at risk of suicide and self harm opens in Huddersfield

A cafe for people with nowhere to go when mental health services are closed has opened in Huddersfield. The Well Bean crisis cafe has opened in New Street and provides one-to-one support, practical advice, hot drinks and homemade food for people experiencing mental health crisis. It has been set up by Kirklees mental health charity…

How are cafes in Leeds helping people who are having a mental health crisis?

Leeds is set to get a third mental health crisis cafe which aims to help those at risk of self-harm and suicide. Funding worth £314,000, via NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), means a Well Bean crisis cafe can open in west Leeds adding to the two that are already established at Lincoln Green and Beeston…

New Service: Your Space

We are really excited to announce the launch of a new service in Leeds, Your Space, which will start on the 1st April 2019. The new service will deliver and promote a range of activities, awareness campaigns and signposting for people who live in LS8, LS9, LS10 and LS11. We will work with individuals and…

Touchstone “truly excels” as an employer

Yorkshire mental health charity Touchstone celebrates achieving coveted three star accreditation in the annual Sunday Times Best Companies to Work survey in recognition of its extraordinary levels of employee engagement. The charity, ranked 8th in The Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2019, was also given the Discovering Potential award for the third…

Touchstone in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for 2019

Touchstone has been placed 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, which lists the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. The list is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their…

Update: Community Based Mental Health Service

After running a competition at the end of last year a name has now been chosen for the new Community Based Mental Health Service which goes live from 1st April 2019. The service will be called Live Well Leeds and was a suggestion made by an existing service user. Live Well Leeds has been funded to…

U Choose Projects Bringing Communities Together

25 new projects, groups and activities to bring people together are getting off the ground in local communities across Leeds, as part of the ‘U Choose’ project being delivered by Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+). The projects are all being led by local residents, who presented their ideas at a series of three voting events…

Community Based Mental Health Service

In Leeds the current local authority funded mental health services have been the same for a long time. The commissioner for all of these services has asked them to work together more closely to improve the way we support people who need help with their mental health. Touchstone is delighted and excited to be leading…

International Volunteers Day: 5th December

The Touchstone Volunteers Project is very open, diverse and service user (SU) friendly.  Not only do our SU benefit from the contributions of volunteers, but some also take on the role themselves.   Volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer in a number of roles across Touchstone and with partner organisations. Some of our volunteers are befrienders…

Guides to life in Leeds for migrants and asylum seekers

New to Leeds is a new website for migrants, to help them understand services in Leeds

Where do you go if you move to Leeds from another country, and need support with housing, money, finding work or your health? If you’ve fled your home country, who can support your first steps as a refugee? Two new websites have been launched in Leeds to help answer these questions, and more, for people…

Touchstone Honoured at UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Touchstone – a Yorkshire based mental health and wellbeing charity – is celebrating winning the National Diversity Awards in the Diverse Company category at a star-studded night at the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. The awards were held on 14th September and saw individuals and organisations from across the UK crowned the best in British diversity….

Courses in Beeston and Cottingley for new and expectant parents

Best Start Peer Support Project If you are pregnant or a carer of an under 2 yr old and live in South or East Leeds, why not get involved? Improve your self-esteem, learn new skills and help others in your community. What can we offer? The Best Start Peer Support Programme is offering a free course…

Why Yorkshire? By Iby Knill

              For Yorkshire Day 2018, we interviewed Iby Knill on her experiences and reasons for moving to Yorkshire in the 1960’s. “It was 1962. I was employed as Welfare Training Officer by Berkshire County. Then, one day, somebody at County Headquarters thought that it might be an idea to…

Annual Service User Survey 2018 results

‘Amazing….would recommend to everyone’  The above comment from one of our service users as part of Touchstone’s Annual Service User Survey exercise pretty much sums up what the overwhelming majority of service users think of Touchstone. The following headline information reinforces this view: Overall  96% of service user respondents indicated that Touchstone is an excellent…

Touchstone shortlisted for Investors in People Awards 2018

Yorkshire based wellbeing charity Touchstone has been named as a leader in people management practice globally, having been shortlisted in the Excellence in Leadership and Management category of the Investors in People Awards 2018. Alison Lowe, Touchstone’s chief executive, said: “I am delighted our philosophy of distributed leadership has been recognised by this award nomination. Everyone…

Migrant Stories Inspire Student Performances at Iconic Abbey

A group of Leeds migrants met with theatrical students from the city to enjoy a unique musical treat in one of Yorkshire’s iconic settings. Volunteers who are working with Touchstone’s Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+) teamed up with students from the Level 3 Musical Theatre course at Leeds City College for a picnic and performance…