Yorkshire mental health charity Touchstone has appointed Jess Parker as its Deputy Chief Executive

Jess has worked for Touchstone since 2008 in a business development role.  Touchstone has an annual turnover of almost £8m, employs 300 staff and volunteers to deliver mental health and wellbeing services to over 2,000 people across West and South Yorkshire. Jess has worked collaboratively with a broad range of community, voluntary and statutory organisations to develop a number of partnerships and projects which reduce mental health inequalities.  These include

2019-10-08T16:01:57+01:008th October 2019|News|

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 will be delivered by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, working alongside Touchstone who will provide

2019-09-20T16:30:51+01:0020th September 2019|News, Partnership|

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 LGBTQI+ people who want to meet other people and improve their mental well-being in an

2019-09-20T11:15:24+01:0020th September 2019|Events, LGBT*, News|

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 a gathering at The Kings Head, Richmond. The family is encouraging attendees to wear colourful

2019-08-22T17:02:50+01:0022nd August 2019|Friendship, Leadership, News|

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 in the city. Flyers were also handed out for months leading up to the day

2019-07-19T16:47:26+01:0019th July 2019|Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, News|

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 Touchstone and Huddersfield social enterprise the Basement Recovery Project, which supports people with addictions and

2019-06-10T15:45:37+01:0010th June 2019|Crisis support, News|

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 and it will open seven nights a week for the next two years. The main

2019-06-03T16:38:00+01:003rd June 2019|Crisis support, News|

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 communities to develop and identify the tools, skills and know-how to live happy, healthy lives,

2019-04-04T16:36:16+01:004th April 2019|Community, News, Partnership|

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 year running and the Giving Something Back award for first time. This is the seventh

2019-03-11T16:04:51+00:0011th March 2019|Awards, Community, Diversity, Equality and Diversity, News, Yorkshire|