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Helping people in South and East Leeds to Connect for Health

Connect for Health is a friendly, local social prescribing service for people who live in South and East Leeds. We provide access to local groups and activities that could help you make a positive change. Who is the service for? The service may be for you if: you are at least 14 years old. you are registered with a GP in South or East Leeds. (If you live in the

2020-04-17T10:26:54+01:0013th March 2017|News, Partnership, Social Prescribing|

From Short Changed to System Change – WY-FI Annual Learning Event 2017

Photo by Jason McHuff. Some Rights Reserved. The WY-FI Project supports people with multiple needs across West Yorkshire. At their annual learning event this year, they will share their learning from year 3 of the WY-FI Project in relation to: effective beneficiary engagement the impact of integrated multi-agency work, and the benefits of co-production Touchstone's own Alison Lowe and Jennie McCreight will both be part of the programme

2020-04-17T10:26:44+01:003rd March 2017|Complex Needs, Events, News|

Going from strength to strength: Touchstone is a top place to work

We’re getting better all the time – well, we like to think so, and our results in the Best 100 Not For Profit Organisations to Work For seem to confirm it. In 2013, Touchstone entered the Best 100 at number 72, since then, our results have improved every year, and we now find ourselves at number 8. We see it as a positive feedback loop – being a great company

2020-04-17T10:26:47+01:0023rd February 2017|Awards, News|

A Journey in Coproduction (Part 1)

Touchstone Business Development Team A Journey in Coproduction (Part 1) Working Together for Equality Resource Pack A few weeks ago I attended ‘News For You’ – Touchstone’s Service User Forum. A room filled with around 20 service users, each an expert in their own right, it was wonderful, and a privilege to see how the group runs. They rotate the chair/minute taker each month, and run through the

2020-04-17T10:26:25+01:0023rd February 2017|Blog, Coproduction, News, Partnership, Volunteering|

Promoting positive health and wellbeing in the Sikh community #sikhingpositivity

A new initiative from the Community Development Service is aiming to increase openness, discussion and knowledge about mental health within the Sikh community. Join in and engage with discussions on what mental health means within our community. Have a voice, engage and share your views and stories (both positive and negative). Tune into thought provoking discussions on live radio. We aim to create a positive environment, share and learn from

2020-04-17T10:26:20+01:0021st February 2017|Equality and Diversity, News|

Free art group for women

From 1st March, Touchstone's Community Development Service will be running a free 10 week art group at Inkwell on Potternewton Lane for women aged 18-25. The group will focus on positivity, wellbeing. The group will run every Wednesday for 10 weeks, from 2pm to 4pm. To join the group, contact Beth or Vanysha on 0112 348 4880 or bethanyc@touchstonesupport.org.uk / vanyshas@touchstonesupport.org.uk

2020-04-17T10:26:15+01:0020th February 2017|Art, Events, News|

Leadership Masterclass for LGBT History Month

To celebrate LGBT History Month, Touchstone will be holding a special Leadership Masterclass on Tuesday 28th February with a panel of LGBT BME speakers. 28th February: 12 noon – 2 pm (lunch included) Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8ND   Guest speaker panel Khakan Qureshi (founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice) Marvina Newton (founder of Angel of Youths) Aaron Chady (community development worker at Yorkshire MESMAC)

Zumba dance in East Leeds

East Leeds Health for All will be hosting free Zumba classes each Thursday, beginning 16th February. Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance, with some great music to keep you moving. Or in short, it's a fun way to get fit. The classes take place at Leeds Refugee Forum, One Community Centre, Cromwell Street, LS9 7SG. For details or to enrol, contact

2020-04-17T10:26:05+01:0013th February 2017|Fitness, News|

Touchstone wins Employee Engagement award

On Thursday 26th January, the 2016 UK Employee Engagement Awards in association with People Insight, announced its winners - the companies that put workforce engagement at the heart of their business strategy. And, of course, Touchstone was in there, scooping the award in the Inclusion and Diversity category. We were recognised for our allies programme "Pink Pals", which involves staff throughout the organisation in supporting equality and inclusion for LGBT+ staff.

2017-01-30T15:33:49+00:0030th January 2017|Awards, Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, News|

LGBT History Month 2017

This year, LGBT History Month - celebrated in February every year - will look at Citizenship, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Law as it marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. 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,

2020-04-17T10:25:27+01:0027th January 2017|Equality and Diversity, LGBT History Month, LGBT*, News|