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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.

WY-FI annual conference: From Theory to Practice

On Thursday 21st April 2016, WY-FI are running a conference in Leeds for commissioners and service providers working with: Homelessness Addiction to alcohol and/or drugs Re-offending Mental ill health WY-FI is a collaborative project between several West Yorkshire organisations, which aims to help people with multiple and complex needs to access the services and support they need…

Keeping warm this winter

Cold homes and dark winter months have a significant impact on people’s health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm. Staying warm over the colder months is a good preventative measure against colds, flu or more serious conditions such as heart attacks, pneumonia and depression. The chances…

LGBT History Month – February 2016

LGBT History Month is celebrated in February in the UK, but the work to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia continues throughout the year. The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done by: Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender…

Touchstone’s fourth year in the Sunday Times top 100

Each year since 2013, Touchstone has been listed in the 100 best not-for-profit organisations to work for by the Sunday Times. We’ve once again made the list for 2016 – we’ll find our our position at the award ceremony on 24th February. We’ll be hoping to see another improvement in our ranking, having gone from…

Touchstone Leadership Masterclass 2016 – Session One

You are cordially invited to attend this very special event:- Iby Knill telling “My Story: The woman without a number” Come and hear about her experiences, successes, and challenges. When: Monday, 15th February 2016 Where: Tiger 11 Hillside, Beeston Road, LS11 8ND Time: 12 – 2pm. Lunch will be provided. RSVP: office@touchstonesupport.org.uk While growing up in Czechoslovakia during the 1920s and…

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Touchstone are delighted that we have once again made it into the top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index – a recognition of our work to ensure that staff and job applicants find Touchstone to be a safe and supportive environment. Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “Touchstone and all of those employers that secured a place in the…

Winter Wellbeing Cafe in Lincoln Green

Beginning Saturday 16th January and running every Saturday till 2nd April, our Winter Wellbeing Evening Cafe will give you an opportunity to get some advice, company and hot food at the coldest time of year. The cafe takes place at ELHFA, 41-47 Cromwell Mount, Leeds LS9 7ST. Everyone welcome and pay what you feel. Saturday…

“Living Well With Dementia” video

Leeds Involving People have put together this video on living well with dementia. The short film features June from Rothwell talking about her life with dementia, and shows how groups in Leeds are working to become dementia friendly. It showcases the work of a number of great organisations, including Touchstone’s South Asian dementia cafe.

Download the latest newsletter from Sikh Elders Service

Sikh Elders Service’s current newsletter includes information about: Cha Da Cup – weekly drop in group Bhooley Bisre Yaadein – a monthly music and social evening Staying warm and well in Winter English classes Film making course for over 65s Download the Newsletter here.

IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) – annual review 2015

During 2014–2015 there have been numerous developments in the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team. The staff team has grown to 18 staff, including a trainee PWP (Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner) who is on track to becoming qualified as well as a new role in the team of Deputy Manager. We have continued to provide…

Housing Service annual review 2015

It has been another challenging, busy and productive year for Touchstone’s Housing Services! • 231 service users were supported in the last year. • 110 service users are supported at any one time • Once again Outcome Star scores for the year demonstrate that housing service users experience significant improvements in a wide range of areas…

16 Days of Action

Why the 16 Days of Action? The 16 Days of Action run from 25 November to 10 December, overlapping the following events to highlight the connection between human rights and domestic violence: International Human Rights Defenders Day (29 November) World Aids Day (1 December) The anniversary of the Montreal École Polytechnique Massacre (6 December). Did You…