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Beacon Begins

Beacon is a consortium of 3 local organisations that has been commissioned by Leeds City Council to provide a new city wide Housing Related Support (HRS) accommodation service. Leeds Housing Concern, Touchstone and Foundation are working together to provide a new Housing Related Support accommodation service in Leeds from July 2017. The service will aim…

Understanding Gender Identity: Sex or Gender

In the run up to Trans Day of Visibility (31st March), Leeds City Council have released a series of short video presentation about gender identity. Watch the first video on “Sex or Gender” below.

Leadership Masterclass: Adam Smith of the Real Junk Food Project

Tuesday 25th April 12noon to 2pm at Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, LS11 8ND Touchstone’s Leadership Masterclass series celebrates indviduals who have achieved great things in spite of circumastances in their lives. Adam Smith is a founder and co-director of the visionary, multi-award-winning, global initiative: The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP). Set up in December 2013,…

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…

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…

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

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…

A Journey in Coproduction (Part 1)

Working Together for Equality Resource Pack

Touchstone Business Development Team A Journey in Coproduction (Part 1) 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…

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…

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…

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…

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)…

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…

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…

Touchstone in Stonewall’s top 100 employers for 2017

Once again, Touchstone has been placed in the Stonewall top 100 employers – highlighting out commitment to maintaining diversity and challenging prejudice. The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2017, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff The Workplace Equality Index…

Best Start Peer Support – New Service

Best Start Peer Support Touchstone is delighted to announce that we will be working with parents and carers in South and East Leeds over the next three years to deliver a brand new peer support service.  Working in partnership with voluntary sector organisation Women’s Health Matters(WHM) and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Early Start Service,…

East Leeds Health for All’s updated schedule for 2017

East Leeds Health for All will be continuing to offer a weekly programme of activities throughout 2017. Regular groups include: Monday Walking Group – Call Sarah on 0113 248 4880. Magic Mondays – arts, crafts, cooking, knitting, sewing, internet. Call Wendy or Maxine on 0113248 4880 or 0113 240 4196. Tuesday Plan 2 Change – support…

Weekly mental health drop-in in Leeds city centre

Mental Health Drop-in *EVERY FRIDAY FROM THE 6TH JAN 2017* Room 5 in the Leeds Civic Hall from 12.30pm until 2.30pm Struggling with your mental wellbeing, feeling isolated and alone? Come along to the Civic Hall, Fridays from 12.30pm until 2pm for a cuppa, chat and to meet others. We can support with: Mental health…

Help us improve services for Sikhs that are terminally ill in our local area

In 2017 we look forward to building partnerships with local organisations ‘St Gemma’s Hospice’ and ‘Leeds involving people’. Together we are hoping to under-stand why elderly Sikhs aren’t accessing their services. We hope to involve you and your families to take part in some research so that local services can be tailored to benefit your needs….

Sikh Elders Service – projects for 2017

Cha Da Cup will continue on Monday 9th January from 10.00am-12.30pm to support and provide enriched experiences to over 70’s, and the socially isolated and lonely, over 55’s. We will continue to work with partnerships and volunteer drivers to offer transport to those who are not able to access this group. This group remains free…

Touchstone Leadership Masterclass 2017 Session One – Sufyan Gulam Ismail

Sufyan Gulam Ismail is an award-winning Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist and was recently ranked amongst the 500 most influential Muslims in the World. He graduated from the University of Manchester and then started his career training with Deloitte. Sufyan has built numerous businesses over the years specialising in financial services, private equity and real estate.  His businesses have won numerous awards including ‘UK’s fastest growing company’, NW entrepreneur…

Touchstone recognised as top employer

It is with great excitement that we’re letting you know that Touchstone has, for the 5th year running, been named as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to Work For 2017, moving up from a 2 star to 3 star rating. This recognises our commitment to supporting staff through training, supervisions,…

Winter Wellbeing Cafe – opens 16th December 2016

Beat the winter blues and improve your mood come join us for some home made food We’ll play some games and have some fun, make lots of new friends or just one. The snow might fall, but you’ll be warm inside, you’ll get support – in us you can confide. We’ll listen to anything you bring…

Transgender Day of Remembrance

20th November is Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day to look back at Trans people’s struggle for acceptance and particularly to remember those who’ve lost their lives because of the intolerance of others. There are two remembrance services planned in Leeds for the day, one at the Leeds General Infirmary chapel from 11am to 1pm…

Employee Engagement Awards

We want everybody who works at Touchstone to know how much they are valued, to understand the impact that their work has on individuals and communities, and to feel that they’re being supported to do their best work. Because of this, we’re delighted to announce that we have been short-listed in the Employee Engagement Awards…

Lemn Sissay to speak at Touchstone’s Annual Celebration.

Every year, when we present our annual report, we also take time to celebrate the amazing progress and success made by so many of the people who use our services and by the staff and volunteers who support them. This year’s celebration event will be on Thursday 1st December at Sri Guru Nanak Sikh Temple…

Positive Care Programme in Dewsbury

Beginning this week, Positive Care Programme will be offering taster sessions at Thrive at Connect in Dewsbury (Wednesdays 9th to 30th November). The sessions are for people with long term conditions (including mental health problems) and unpaid carers. Group workshops cover a wide variety of topics about looking after your mind, body and spirit, plus there…

Touchstone featured in Stonewall’s LGBT careers guide

Touchstone is more than proud to be featured in “Starting Out” a career guide published by Stonewall for LGBT+ job seekers and graduates. For many people entering the job market, it’s hard to know how open to be about their sexual orientation. However, research from Stonewall shows that workers who are comfortable to be out at work also…