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Tom Riordan speaks on “Leading Through Austerity”

Those of us who work in the voluntary sector or in government-funded services, are often painfully aware of the effects of ongoing budget cuts. We see the effect they have in the lives of the people who use our services and also the effect they have on the level of service we’re able to offer….

Dementia Information Event – 22nd May

21 MAY 2015 10.30AM—2.30PM at Leeds Irish Centre, York Road As part of Dementia Awareness Week Leeds Irish Health and Homes and Touchstone are holding an information event for people across the city. Join us at this FREE Information event Hear from Dr Oliver J Corrado, Consultant Physician, Leeds Teaching Hospitals’, ‘Dementia Champion’ and CoClinical Lead…

Fun and fundraising – the Tour de Touchstone II

After two staff members blazed the way last year, with their tandem cycle ride to all of Touchstone’s office, this year lots of Touchstone staff and volunteers got in on the act, participating in a 13.3 mile themed relay from the centre of Dewsbury to Chapeltown in Leeds. Stages included silly walks, super hero costumes, egg’n’spoon and pram pushing. While…

New Care Act Will Radically Overhaul Support For Both Users and Carers

Touchstone’s Chief Executive Alison Lowe outlines the impact of new legislation on carers and the services provided for them. Last year the Department of Health injected an additional £4 million in funding to enable councils to train their staff in readiness for the implementation of the Care Act from 1 April 2015. Funds were primarily earmarked to…

Join in and Follow our Chief Executive’s Twitter Chat with @Forward Ladies!

Negative self-talk is this holding women back in business?  Wednesday at noon Building on her success last year as  Not for Profit Businesswoman of the Year in the Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards, our Chief Executive Alison is hosting a twitter chat with @ForwardLadies on Wednesday 1 April about negative self-talk, is this holding women back in business? The…

Dementia Conference Report

Today more than 800,000 people are living with dementia. By 2021, it’s expected to rise to more than a million. More people than ever are now getting access to a diagnosis, are being given the right information to help them cope, and are receiving real person-centred care. But there are thousands of people living with…

Stonewall CEO to address Touchstone staff

Ruth Hunt

Everyone can be a leader, helping to drive positive change at work, in our lives and in our communities. As part of our commitment to develop all our staff’s leadership potential, Touchstone is organising a series of Leadership Masterclasses. We’re very pleased to announce that Ruth Hunt, CEO of Stonewall, will be addressing staff during…

Sikh Elders Service Welcomes Spring with a Fresh Start

It feels as though it’s been a long time coming, in fact as long as I have been with Touchstone, but finally in February, we received the news that Touchstone will continue to deliver the Sikh Elders Service to the community. All of us are incredibly excited about this. A huge sigh of relief from…

Celebrating Diversity – 24th February

Touchstone and Women’s Health Matters Celebrating Diversity Tuesday 24 February 2015 12.30pm Lunch open to everyone at: Leeds City Museum Stalls from LGBT friendly organisations Come find out about LGBT services and events around Leeds To get involved and set up a stall, please contact Jay Silver on 0113 216 2792 or Amrit Kaur on…

Oluwale Partnership Symposium – 17th April

Oluwale Partnership Symposium David Oluwale Memorial Assocn and partners Friday, 17 April 2015 from 09:30 to 16:30 (BST) Leeds , United Kingdom   Do you work with people in Leeds who are marginalised and excluded because of their homelessness, mental ill-health, destitution, alcohol problems?  Or pushed aside because they are seeking asylum, been in prison,…

“Understanding equality means we are better at what we do”

As Touchstone found out that we had risen to number 19 in Stonewall”s Top 100 employers (having entered the list at number 91 a year ago), it was also announced that CEO Alison Lowe had been named as Stonewall’s Senior Champion 2015 – recognising the role she’s played in promoting LGBT equality both in the organisation…

16 Days of Action Celebration: Focus on Recovery and Nurture – Wednesday 10th December

Touchstone and Women’s Health Matters have teamed up this December to celebrate the end of the 16 Days of Action campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence against women around the world.  The celebration will take place on the 10th of December between 12 and 3 pm at Bridge House, Balm Road,…

Touchstone CEO Alison Lowe Wins the Prestigious Forward Ladies Business Woman of the Year Award!

Congratulations to our Chief Executive Alison Lowe who has just won the prestigious Forward Ladies Business Woman of 2014 award, in the Not for Profit category.   The results have been announced earlier today on Friday 28 November.   Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards is an annual competition that recognises achievements of women in leadership positions across…

New View Project – churches combating mental health stigma

Touchstone’s Community Development Team worked in partnership with local churches to investigate how faith communities can work together to raise awareness of mental health issues and to support community members who may be struggling with their own mental health. The project was funded by Time To Change. The aims of the New View project were: To…

16 Days of Action to End Violence Against Women

What is the 16 Days of Action Campaign? One in three women worldwide face abuse, violence and rape everyday. In no country of the world are women free from this fear and terror. In the UK, one in four women experience domestic violence during their lifetime.  25th November to 10th December 2014 The 16 Days…

International Women’s Day Conference – Friday 6th March

“Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all.” UN…

Taking a stand against bullying

At Touchstone we’re committed to ensuring that diversity is something which is celebrated, rather than attacked. That’s why we’re delighted to support Anti-Bullying Week (17th-23rd November) and Stonewall’s No Bystanders campaign. The No Bystanders pledge reads “I will never be a bystander to bullying and teasing language. If I hear it, I will call it…

BME Dementia Awareness Conference – 24th November

Monday November 24th 10am—2.30pm Leeds Civic Hall Banqueting Suite, Calverley Street Leeds LS1 1UR LUNCH PROVIDED Keynote Speaker Professor Alistair Burns – National Clinical Director For Dementia Key Local Leeds Speakers Leeds Black and Minority Ethnic Communities Dementia Awareness Conference Exploring Solutions, Breaking Myths and Taboos, Sharing Experiences Organised By Touchstone For further information or to book your place…

Celebrate volunteering at our Annual General Meeting – Thursday 4th December

This year’s AGM takes place in Leeds at the West Indian Centre on Laycock Place, LS7 3JA. The theme will be benefits of volunteering – and to reflect that theme we will have presentations by Natasha Mort (Supporting Organisations Manager at Voluntary Action Leeds) and Justin Davis Smith (Executive Director of Volunteering and Development at the…

Touchstone chief up for award

Touchstone’s chief executive Alison Lowe is one of a group of inspirational women from Yorkshire and the North East who have been shortlisted for the Women in Business Awards organised by Forward Ladies – a support organisation for women in business. Alison has been nominated in the Not For Profit category, along with Sandra Howard…

BME Dementia Awareness Conference in Leeds – Monday 24th November

Touchstone, which has just received “working to become Dementia Friendly” status from Leeds Dementia Action Alliance is organising a Black and Minority Ethnic Dementia Awareness Conference at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 24th November. The conference will look at raising Dementia awareness, exploring solutions, breaking myths and taboos and sharing experiences. Keynote speaker will be Professor Alistair Burns, National…

Touchstone goes for Gold – and gets it

Touchstone is delighted to announce we are an Investors in People Gold organisation. During a rigorous assessment of our policies, strategies, training and development over 4 days in October, IiP found that Touchstone had evidence to support every indicator of excellence at the gold standard and that we had staff whose commitment was second to…

Touchstone Kirklees Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Brokerage Service Annual Report 2013-2014

Co-production at Kirklees Advocacy Service

The latest annual report from the Kirklees Mental Health Advocacy and Peer Brokerage services is available below. The report was written and compiled by Jane Mackay, the service manager. The Advocacy Service works with people who are experiencing mental health difficulties to speak up for themselves. Our team of experienced advocates support people on wards…

Report: Decision Making in Stepped Care: How do Therapists Decide Whether to Prolong Treatment or Not?

“The efficiency of stepped care systems partly relies on systematic monitoring of patient outcomes and timely decisions to “step up” patients without any clear therapeutic gains to the next level of treatment. Qualitative evidence has suggested that this does not occur consistently, nor always congruently with clinical guidelines.” This report was compiled by Jaime Delgadillo (Leeds Community Healthcare…

Touchstone an active partner as West Yorkshire project goes live

Hundreds of people with multiple needs, including mental health problems, are set to benefit from the launch of a multi-million pound project. West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI), a new Big Lottery funded programme, is run by a consortium of the region’s community organisations and has now gone live. The project aims to help people with…

A mission for workplace equality

Touchstone has a strong commitment to supporting inclusion and diversity – not just in the work we do with others, but also within our team of staff and volunteers. Ed Long reports on the latest initiatives being led by the Pink Pals, our Touchstone-wide LGBT Allies Programme. One day short of the 45th  anniversary of…

New Funding for Positive Care Programme

The PCP is now accepting new referrals from anyone in West Yorkshire who has not completed the programme previously. To refer yourself to the PCP please download our Referral Form or to find out more information please contact the PCP staff on 0113 3876473 or 0113 3786474 or email them at pcp@touchstonesupport.org.uk Who does it support? * People…

Making Leeds services more accessible to migrant communities

Touchstone Community Development Service (CDS) in partnership with Leeds City Council Migration Partnership have recently completed training with 26 volunteers from 15 different countries, for the Migrant Access Project. The Migrant Access Project is a way of reducing pressure on public services where migration has impacted the most. Volunteers, known as ‘Migrant Community Networkers’, who…

Le Tour de Touchstone – the story in pictures

It may not be quite the Tour de France, but a 22 mile tandem ride is no mean feat. And doing it to raise money for charity is even better. Here’s the story of Senior Opertions Manager Gemma Hornby and Finance Director Ed Long’s ride… Stage 1 Stage 2   Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage…