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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…

West Yorkshire Hate Crime Reporting App #NHCAW

Earlier this year, Stop Hate UK launched a new hate crimereporting app for West Yorkshire. The app can be used on Android or Apple phones and tablets and helps witnesses and those targeted because of their identity, throughout West Yorkshire, to report incidents of hate crime. Users can also access information and advice about local Hate…

10th October is World Mental Health Day #WMHD16

Sometimes World Mental Health Day seems like a slightly strange idea – as if there were ever a day when mental health wasn’t a significant issue. What we hope that World Mental Health Day provides is an opportunity for people to begin conversations about their mental health, which can then continue for as long as…

The Living Well Cafe – for people living with a long term health condition

Touchstone is delivering three structured education sessions in partnership with Leeds Community Healthcare, QISMET and Sheffield University’s School of Health and Related Research. The sessions will run for adults across Leeds living with Long Term Health Conditions. These will be co-designed to support individuals to self manage a range of Long Term Health Conditions including…

Social prescribing service nominated for innovation award

The Patient Empowerment Project (PEP) has been shortlisted in the Primary Care Innovation category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards. The PEP is a social prescribing service commissioned by NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  and delivered by a partnership including BARCA-Leeds, Touchstone, Better Leeds Communities and Leeds Mind, which helps GPs access community…

Wellbean Café; Hope in a Crisis

New crisis café will open in the Lincoln Green area of Leeds on Saturday 19th November 2016. The new crisis café is funded by North Leeds CCG from regional NHS England Vanguard money, as West Yorkshire is a vanguard for crisis and urgent care. The Leeds Crisis and Urgent Care Steering Group has developed the idea for…

Vacancy: CARE COORDINATOR (REC01)

An exciting opportunity to work for Touchstone in an innovative partnership based at Asket House Recovery Centre.  Other partners in the project are LYPFT, Community Links and Leeds Mind. The role involves taking on the responsibility of care coordination within the project, working with service users, health care professionals on wards, community based recovery workers…

Vacancy: CRISIS CAFÉ SUPPORT WORKER x 3 POSTS (Ref: CCSW01)

Touchstone, a multi award winning mental health charity supporting vulnerable people and reducing health inequalities and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, a multi award winning, radical mental health charity supporting people in acute mental health crisis are working together to deliver this exciting new service. The Crisis Café provides a safe, non-clinical space for individuals…

Cha Da Cup – a weekly drop-in with the Sikh Elders Service

“After my stroke, I have been struggling for a while and my independence has been affected. The Tai Chi Therapy I have had over the last 3 weeks is helping me with my movement, I’m doing this at home every day and look forward to coming to the group every week, getting out of the…

Touchstone is number 1 inclusive employer

Touchstone is delighted to announce that it has been placed top of The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List – recognising the hard work that the team continually do to attract and retain a diverse workforce. The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers was published on 1st September 2016, showcasing organisations that promote inclusion across all protected…