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Female genital mutilation (FGM) support clinic launches in Leeds

NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have announced the launch of new community-based clinics to support non-pregnant women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with Leeds being chosen to host the clinic for the North of England. The funding has come from NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group and the service…

Live Well Leeds LGBT+ Social Group

Live Well Leeds LGBT+ Social Group 12:30-14:30 Wednesdays @ BHA Skyline, Gallery House, 4th Floor, 131 The Headrow, Leeds, LS15RD There’s loads of evidence that getting out & spending time with other people can improve a persons mental health…but it can feel daunting, being in a new place with new people. This group is for…

Vacancy: Liaison and Diversion Peer Support Worker

SALARY: NJC Scale Points 7-11, starting at £19,554 pa HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION: West Yorkshire (West Yorkshire – Primarily Leeds & Kirklees) Job share will be considered This role is fixed term for 12 months You will complement the work of the Wakefield Liaison and Diversion service, providing practical and emotional support to…

Celebration service for talented PR director and charity champion

Yorkshire’s businesses, charities and public relations organisations are invited to attend a service to remember Carol Rennard (Arthur) – a highly talented and popular communications director who recently passed away following a long illness. A service to celebrate Carol’s life and career will take place at Trinity Church, Tunstall, Tuesday August 27, 2.30pm followed by…

Vacancy: Housing Support Officer

SALARY: NJC Scale Points 12 – 17, starting at £21,589 pa/pro rata HOURS: 37 hours per week LOCATION Leeds This role is permanent, subject to funding Beacon Leeds is a partnership of 3 Leeds-based charities; Turning Lives Around (TLA), Touchstone and Foundation. Beacon provides a city wide Housing Related Support accommodation service for vulnerable adults,…

Vacancy: South Asian Engagement Worker (2x roles)

SALARY NJC Scale Points 18 – 23, starting at £24,313 pa/pro rata HOURS: 1x 18.5 hours per week (South Yorkshire) 1x 17.5 hours per week (South Yorkshire) LOCATION South Yorkshire  These roles are fixed term for 12 months You will actively engage service users from the South Asian population, who have offended and provide effective…

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…

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…

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…