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Vacancy: Advocacy Kirklees Administrator

SALARY: NJC Scale 4 scp 18 – 21, starting at £18,870 pa/pro rata     HOURS:  18.5 hours per week LOCATION: Dewsbury  Advocacy Kirklees is a new advocacy service in Kirklees, and brings together the Care Act, Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, Relevant Persons Representative Service, Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy and General Advocacy into one single service delivered…

Vacancy: Advocacy Kirklees Advocate

SALARY: £20,852 pa/pro rata HOURS:  3 x roles up to 37.5 hours LOCATION: Dewsbury  You will be required to work flexibly including evenings and weekends Advocacy Kirklees is a new advocacy service in Kirklees, and brings together the Care Act, Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy, Relevant Persons Representative Service, Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy and General Advocacy into…

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…

Touchstone has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Touchstone has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company category at the National Diversity Awards 2018. Over 20,000 people submitted nominations for the awards this year. Amongst those being honoured are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways. Designed to highlight…

The Great Get Together in Holbeck

“We have more in common than that which divides us” Monday 25th June, 1 – 2:30pm St. Matthew’s Church, Holbeck Touchstone’s MAP+ (Migrant Access Project Plus) and Holbeck Elderly Aid in partnership Join us for the biggest international foodie fuddle in Holbeck! Come and meet your neighbours and bring a plate of something to share Raffle prizes to…

Events for Carers Week from Carers Leeds #CarersWeek

Carers Week begins on Monday 11th June. Our partners at Carers Leeds have compiled the following list of events for the week. Some of these events require advance booking. If in doubt, please call Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338. Touchstone will also be running events for members of our staff who have caring responsibilities outside of…

Be a buddy for a new Leeds resident #VolunteersWeek

Most people have had experience of feeling new, not knowing where things are or how to get help. Well, here is your opportunity to be a buddy to somebody that is new to the city – to show them things like: where the train and bus stations are visiting museums together exploring different areas of…

Making Mental Health Sustainable – Mindful Employer Leeds Conference 2018

This year’s Mindful Employer conference will give employers advice and guidance on how to embed positive mental health into the workplace and create sustainable employee wellbeing. Be part of challenging perceptions about mental health within your organisation, look at the different ways you can start your journey and develop good practice further. This event has…

New Bradford service to help reduce risk of re-offending

A service aimed at reducing reoffending among vulnerable people is being introduced in Bradford this month. The Liaison and Diversion (L&D) Service identifies, assesses and refers people with mental health, learning disability, substance misuse and social vulnerabilities when they first come into contact with the youth and adult criminal justice systems. Funded by NHS England…

Touchstone nominated for the UK’s largest diversity award

Touchstone a local well-being charity in Yorkshire has been nominated for the Diverse Company of the Year category at The National Diversity Awards 2018. The Liverpool Anglican Cathedral will play host to this year’s awards, to be held on 14th September, recognising individuals and groups from grassroots communities. The event recognises nominees in their respective…

Touchstone meets the Investors in People Platinum standard

At Touchstone, a Yorkshire based mental health and wellbeing charity that works in partnership with many other organisations, our first priority is always the results that we achieve with and for our service users. But to do that, we need to support our diverse and talented staff to reach their potential. Recently that support has…

Touchstone stays in top 10 best not-for-profit companies to work for

Once again, Touchstone has been listed in the Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For. We’ve been placed 9th in the 100 Best Not-for-Profit Companies, our second year in the top 10, and our 6th in the top 100. The results are based on a confidential survey of staff, giving them the opportunity to feedback…

Air pollution in Leeds – public consultation

Leeds City Council is looking for people living, working and commuting in Leeds and the wider region to have their say on our proposals to reduce air pollution and protect the health of people in the city. It’s important that they receive responses from people in a wide range of communities. This public consultation is…

Co-Production, Not Faux Production

We are at the next exciting stage of developing a Co-Production standard for Leeds! This one day workshop will put together the Co-Production standard, which will be launched at our third Co-Production conference on 5th July. The workshop will include: Co-design and develop co-production quality standards Share your expertise and experiences Establish a Co-Production Network…

Have you, or someone you care for, ever been detained under the Mental Health Act?

Touchstone are holding three focus groups to gather feedback for The Mental Health Act Review. Get in touch to book your place. Dewsbury: 28th February, contact 01924 460211 or advocacy@touchstonesupport.org.uk Leeds: 2nd March, contact 0113 2192727 or supportcentre@touchstonesupport.org.uk Bradford: 17th April – details to be confirmed.  

LGBT History Month

This February, LGBT History Month will celebrate the life of Harvey Milk, 40 years after his murder.  2018 also marks 30 years since the introduction of Section 28, the legislation banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in British schools. Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in…

Touchstone in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for 2018

Touchstone has been placed 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, which lists the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.  Now in its fourteenth year, the list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces and is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index. “Touchstone is delighted to be…

Time to Talk in Dewsbury

In an ideal world, we’d all feel free to speak about our mental health, without any fear of how other people might react. But in the real world, sometimes we need encouragement and reassurance to feel safe to talk. That’s a big part of what Touchstone’s services provide, and it’s also a big part of…

Leadership Masterclass for #LGBT History Month 2018

Weds 14th February 12noon – 2pm (free lunch included) Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8ND Guest speaker panel Rachel Smith Rob Wilson Eleanor Broadbent Jen Wilson Follow the link to book a FREE ticket https://lgbtleadershipmasterclass.eventbrite.co.uk

LGBTIQ+ service user steering group – 1st February

LGBTIQ+ steering group service user led. For those with lived experience of mental health issues and those at risk. HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD! We are looking to the LGBTIQ+ community who want to help make changes towards our better future.  Buffet, Refreshments, Workshop, Wellbeing therapies.  If you would like to be involved come along to our event on:-…

Weekly gardening sessions for Beacon service users

WANT TO HELP TURN GREEN SPACES INTO COMMUNITY GROWING AREAS THAT HELP THE ENVIRONMENT AND IMPROVE GREEN SPACES? NEW GARDENING SESSIONS OPEN TO ALL BEACON SERVICE USERS!  Join-in with: planting native plants,   vegetables, herbs & wildflowers, making and using compost bins, learn about Beacon volunteering opportunities, construct raised beds and more! WEEKLY SESSIONS EVERY FRIDAY…

Leadership Masterclass – Sophie Cook

Wednesday 31st January 12pm-2pm Hillside Enterprise Centre Beeston Road LS11 8ND Vulnerability, empathy and the inspirational leader. Ex-RAF, motorbike racer, newspaper editor, Premier League football and rock photographer, self harm and suicide survivor and transgender. Sophie Cook is a media personality and activist whose wide portfolio of work includes presenting, producing, writing and photography. She…

Get some Head Space

Beat Stress! Get motivated! Make a new start! A free seven-week course coming soon to find your strengths, meet new people and get new perspectives. In a small group, we will learn different techniques that will help you manage your mood, including assertiveness, getting good sleep, self-esteem, dealing with stress and relaxation. When: Friday 9TH…