Leeds’ Well-Bean café offering a lifeline to people during a mental health crisis in South Leeds

Touchstone, in partnership with Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, is building on the success of the Well-Bean café in Lincoln Green, with the opening of a second café in South Leeds later this month. The Lincoln Green centre, close to St James’ Hospital, has had 4,000 people through its doors since opening in November 2016. Now the two mental health charities are extending the service to a second location at

2019-01-22T13:27:38+00:0022nd January 2019|Crisis support, News, Partnership|

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 wider work in the community and on service provision. Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of

2019-01-21T13:20:03+00:0021st January 2019|Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, News|

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 deliver support for 5 years with Touchstone as the lead provider. To deliver this new

2019-01-09T15:47:34+00:009th January 2019|CBMHS, News|

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 the end of November and beginning of December at St Lukes Church in Beeston Hill,

2020-04-17T11:01:03+01:0013th December 2018|News|

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 a new partnership. Existing mental health services commissioned by Leeds City Council delivered by Touchstone,

2020-04-17T11:00:57+01:0013th December 2018|CBMHS, News|

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 for SU's. This has resulted in SU's reporting an increase in attending social activities, a

2020-04-17T11:00:41+01:005th December 2018|Case Study, Community, Events, News, Volunteering|

Guides to life in Leeds for migrants and asylum seekers

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 making a new life here: The Transition Guide is designed to be a simple guide

2018-10-05T13:30:21+01:005th October 2018|News|

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. A record 24,584 people nominated this year alone with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised

2020-04-17T10:59:14+01:0025th September 2018|Diversity, Equality and Diversity, News|

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 to help people manage better when pregnant or if they are a parents/carer for a

2018-08-09T09:00:05+01:009th August 2018|Community, Families, News, Peer Support|