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Sadee Smile success

Touchstone has been successful in securing funding from Leeds City Council Public Health to run the BME type-2 diabetes project, Sadee Smile, for another two years. This will build on the successes of our Sadee Smile pilot,. We will continue to work with Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust to deliver this project. Touchstone’s multi- lingual…

Cook 4 Life course for men in East Leeds

Free 6 week Cook 4 Life Sessions for Men Cooking on a budget Simple healthy recipes Cooking tips (how to save money) Improve skills and knowledge Fun cook and eat sessions Starting Thursday 11th August 1pm till 3pm at East Leeds Health For all 41-47 Cromwell Mount, LS9 7ST (opposite Freshways) Please Call Wendy on 0113…

Evaluation of community diabetes course

Seeking to improve diabetes awareness in the South Asian community (where the condition is particularly prevalent), Touchstone joined in partnership with Leeds Community Health NHS Trust to deliver Sadee Smile – an 8 week course to help people understand and manage the condition. 11 courses were run in a variety of venues around Leeds, by…

Asthma – don’t forget your inhaler

NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has teamed up with Sacred Heart Primary School in Leeds, to produce a number of short video clips and two nursery rhymes to remind children not to forget their asthma inhalers during the summer holidays. According to Asthma UK, a national charity which aims to stop asthma attacks…

Touchstone to run LTC Self Management Sessions

Touchstone, in partnership with Leeds Community Healthcare, QISMET and Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research have been successful in securing funding for a 6 month project to run structured education sessions to support people living with Long Term health conditions in Leeds. Sessions are aimed at adults (18+) who are within 12months of having…

Tour De Touchstone 3: Rio’s Revenge

Touchstone Support is fundraising for Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Get ready for some more FUNdraising action with Tour De Touchstone 3: Rio’s Revenge! On the 22nd July 2016, everyone will be invited to compete in 7 wacky events at each Touchstone site in the hopes of winning our First Place prize! Our…

Stress Control Classes for Farsi Speakers

ایاشما از استرس یا مشکلات دیگری مانند افسردگی یا اظطراب رنج میبرید؟ کلاس کنترل استرس به شما کمک میکند که با استفاده از جدید ترین تکنیکهای درمانی بتوانید با این مشکلات برخورد کنید. کلاس کنترل استرس یک برنامه شش هفته ای هست که هر جلسه به مدت یکونیم ساعت میباشد. در طی کلاس شما با…

UK Dementia Congress 2016

Ripal from Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service will be giving a presentation on Dementia Within BME Communities at the UK Dementia Congress, to be held in Brighton in 1-3 November: “the largest annual multi-disciplinary dementia-focused event and exhibition in the UK and the best opportunity for professionals to learn from and be inspired by others’ experience,…

Men’s Health Week: 13 to 19 June 2016 #MensHealthWeek #ShowUsYourBlue

We all get stressed. The question is: what do you do about it? It matters because if we don’t release stress, it can turn into something more serious. This year, one in four of us will develop a mental health problem. That is odds of 3 to 1; or about the same as France or…

#CoproductionLeeds – what Twitter said

We had an amazing turnout for the Co-production conference organised by Touchstone and Leeds Involving People and – appropriately – a great sense of involvement and collaboration. Below, we’ve collated the responses and photos that many attendees published to Twitter during or after the event. [View the story “Co-Production Conference” on Storify]

Survey on support needs of military personnel

Forces in Mind Trust and the Local Government Association have commissioned a survey to see how well current and former military service personnel are being supported and how this can be improved. John Shivas from the Armed Forces Covenant Team at the Ministry of Defence says: “… Since the launch of the Armed Forces Covenant…

Young leaders go international

This Sunday (12th June) a group of young people from West Yorkshire will be travelling to Paris for the first stage of training in the Find Yourself Leadership Programme that has been established by Erasmus+ (the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.) In total, 30 young people (aged 18 to 25) from…

Mental health charities announce partnership

Health and wellbeing charity Touchstone is forging an alliance with community development organisation Sharing Voices Bradford. The two organisations will collaborate to help boost mental health and wellbeing services across West Yorkshire. Alison Lowe, CEO of Leeds-based Touchstone, said: “I am delighted to be working closely with Sharing Voices Bradford, who provided the national template…

Inclusive Leaders Recognised

ITV News presenter Charlene White took centre stage on 12th May to host the Excellence in Diversity Awards, celebrating inclusive employers and diversity champions. Companies and charities nationwide were honoured at the ceremony at The Queens Hotel in Leeds. Over a thousand nominations had been received showcasing incredible achievements in promoting equality. A panel of judges including…

Creating Dementia Friendly Performances

West Yorkshire Playhouse have just launched a guide for use by other theatres and touring companies on how to adapt shows to be more suitable for audiences who are living with dementia. The guide covers areas such as use of language, making the case for dementia friendly performances, knowing your audience and  running creative sessions…

Events to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia in Yorkshire

Progress in overcoming discrimination based on sexual orientation and to ensuring fair treatment for everyone can seem painfully slow at times. So sometimes it’s good to celebrate what’s been achieved already, as well as looking at the road ahead. 17th May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (known by the slightly quirky acronym IDAHOBIT)….

Sikh Elders Service Newsletter April 2016

You can now download the latest newsletter from Sikh Elders’ Service. The newsletter includes information about: Plans for a Summer trip Cha Da Cup weekly drop in group Silver Surfers – computer and internet training Bhoolay Bisre Yaadein monthly music and social group Report on our Winter Warmth Wellbeing event Download here.

Calderdale Health Awareness Event

Calderdale BME Health Forum invite you to… A FREE HEALTH AWARENESS EVENT Thursday 26th May 11.30am – 2pm Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, Halifax HX1 4NE Do you want to know more about local health issues? Any health topics you would like to find out more about? Come along to the BME Health Forum’s…

Introducing a new service user forum for Kirklees…!

Back in November 2015 staff and volunteers at Touchstone’s Kirklees Advocacy Service began supporting the service user reps of the Kirklees Mental Health Partnership Board to publish a survey on creating a new mental health forum. A few weeks on and here we are… Meeting of Minds (or MoM for short) has been created out of…

The Excellence in Diversity Awards announce 2016 shortlist

Diversity Champions and Inclusive Employers shortlisted for Pioneering Diversity Awards Throughout the year, there are some individuals who work tirelessly to remove barriers and put diversity at the very heart of everything they do. This year, on May 12th, The Excellence in Diversity Awards will once again celebrate those who go above and beyond the…

Public Health England launches One You

The One You campaign aims to help adults across the country avoid future diseases caused by modern day life. It is aimed to encourage adults, particular those in middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now and in later life. The campaign aims to encourage adults to take more exercise,…

Love Arts seeking artists for mental health arts festival

The Arts and Minds Network would once again like to work in partnership with artists in all mediums, whose work has a connection to mental wellbeing. The annual Love Arts Festival will run this year from 5th – 20th October 2016. Deadline for Submissions is 4pm on Monday 9th May To submit a proposal to contribute…

Touchstone Leadership Masterclass 2016 – Session Two – Rob Vickerman

You are cordially invited to attend this very special event:- Rob Vickerman talking about “Transformational leadership to develop better people and players” Come and hear about improving you and your teams leadership potential When: Tuesday, 19th April 2016 Where: The Enterprise Foundation – Leeds City Centre, Third Floor, Symons House, Belgrave Street, Leeds, LS2 8DD Time: 12 –…

Riding high in the Best Companies list

For the 4th year running, Touchstone is excited to be named as a Sunday Times 100 Best (Not-for-Profit) Organisation to Work for, achieving a 2 star status, and moving up 11 places from 32 in 2015 to 21 this year. Touchstone is placed 8th out of 100 companies for its leadership and 65% of staff…

Touchstone and Dosti to merge

  Touchstone and Dosti Trustees are delighted to announce that following several months of conversations about the future of services for BAME people in Leeds, they have agreed to merge from 1st April 2016. Shinde Dahri, Chair of the Dosti Trustee Board, said “I am really happy that the work of Dosti to support Asian…

Sikh Elders Service on BBC Radio

Kirren Rathor from BBC Asian Network talks to Sikh Elders Service Staff about their work to reduce loneliness by matching volunteers with older people in the community. You can also listen to this on the BBC website.