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Anti-Bullying Week 16-20th November 2015

Bullying does not just happen in school, nor is it always children who are the bullies or the victims of bullying.  Bullying can and does happen everywhere. Anti-Bullying week is about raising awareness of what bullying is and works to help people stand up to the bully in their community, be that home, work or…

Touchstone and West Yorkshire Sport to deliver Kirklees’ social prescribing service

We are delighted to announce that from Spring 2016, Touchstone will be delivering Kirklees’ social prescribing service; Better In Kirklees. Working with our partner West Yorkshire Sport, we will be supporting people with long term health conditions or social care needs to get involved in the broad range of different community activities that Kirklees has…

Rehabilitation and Recovery Project – annual review 2015

The Rehabilitation and Recovery project aims to support service users in the Recovery Centre to make the challenging transition to living in the community. The project is unique in that the voluntary sector work alongside NHS staff on the wards developing a proportional and joined up approach to supporting people in recovery in a holistic…

East Leeds Health for All – annual review 2015

East Leeds Health For All (ELHFA) is a healthy living service in Lincoln Green, at the heart of Burmantofts. The service aims to reduce health inequalities and encourage health improvement. We use a community development approach and engage with local communities and partner organisations to tackle poverty, financial exclusion, unemployment and social isolation. Some of…

Community Support Team – annual review 2015

2014–2015 has been an exciting, challenging and productive year for the Community Support Team (CST). Owing to the positive outcomes for service users, demand for the service has increased. This hard work and commitment has resulted in the service being awarded additional funding and two full-time support workers have been recruited, in order to meet…

Annual Celebration – 3rd December

Touchstone’s Annual Celebration will be held on Thursday 3rd December at Leeds Bangladeshi Centre, Roundhay Road, LS8 5AN. The Celebration is an opportunity to review our progress over the last year and to find out about our future plans. The theme of this year’s meeting will be “Peer Leadership and Lived Experience”.

Community Development Service – annual review 2015

The Community Development Service (CDS) aims to improve the quality and equity of mental health access, experiences and outcomes for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Leeds. To achieve this, the CDS team continued to actively engage and work co-productively with various statutory, third sector and community and faith-based partners. In 2014–15, our service…

Latest news from the Sikh Elders Service

Below, you can find a link to the latest newsletter from the Sikh Elders Service. You’ll be able to read about: Bhoole Bisre Yaadein project – a monthly music evening, The Chaplaincy Service at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Weekly drop-in and arts activities, SADEE SMILE (South Asian Diabetes Education Empowerment and Self Management in Leeds),…

National Inclusion Week launches in Leeds

National Inclusion Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the importance of inclusion in the workplace and the business benefits of having an inclusive workforce. The National launch event for the week will be at the Civic Hall in Leeds on Monday 21st September. You can book your place online.

NHS Announces ‘Social Prescribing’ Service to Improve Local Health

Individuals in South and East Leeds are to benefit from a new NHS ‘social prescribing’ service to act as a single point of access to a wide range of community groups and activities in an easy, accessible way, which aims to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing. NHS Leeds South and East Clinical…

‘Sleeping with Simon’

This year Team Touchstone will be spending one whole night sleeping out on the streets of Leeds to raise money for the charity ‘Simon on the Streets’ as well as awareness of the issues of homelessness, mental health, and the vulnerable members of our community who are falling victim to the ongoing housing crisis in…

Leadership Masterclass 5 – Dr Satwant K Rait

Continuing our series of Leadership Masterclasses, which has already included sessions led by Touchstone staff and by guests from other organisations, Touchstone trustee Dr Satwant K Rait will be talking at the Hamara Centre, Beeston on Tuesday 15th September. Satwant will talk about “A History of Migration:-Overcoming Barriers“. Come and hear about her experiences, successes, and challenges….

WY-FI – one year on

The WY-FI project started its work on 1st June 2014. During its first year of operation, it has: Been in contact with 142 people Half of those people are now receiving full support from the programme Trained 21 Peer Mentors Touchstone is just one of the partners within the project. Particular achievements by our staff…

Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance

Touchstone’s Kirklees services are now part of the Kirklees Dementia Action Alliance. This means that we are making definite commitments as to how to make our services more appropriate and accessible for people living with dementia. Our action plan is published on the Dementia Action website. Current actions (August 2015) are: Improve our understanding of…

Making Chapeltown a Dementia Friendly Community – Wednesday 22nd July

Leeds BME Dementia Workers Forum invites you to Making Chapeltown a Dementia Friendly Community 9:30 to 11:30 on Wednesday 22nd July at the Reginald Centre, 263 Chapeltown Road. To book your place, or for further information, please contact: Ripaljeet Kaur on 0113 219 2727 or email office@tuchstonesupport.org.uk.

Diabetes education programme for Urdu and Punjabi speakers

Touchstone is delivering a structured education programme to people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and those already living with the condition. The course is written by an NHS diabetic dietician and nutritionist (Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust) and has been specifically adapted for South Asian Punjabi and Urdu speaking communities. It will incorporate healthy…

Mental Health in Muslim Communities

The Community Development Service at Touchstone are promoting a project to increase understanding and awareness of mental health within Muslim communities. Stephanie Lewis gave this interview on community radio station Fever FM to help people understand how to talk about mental health and who to ask for help and support. Touchstone are recruiting volunteer coordinators…

Kirklees Advocacy Service annual report 2014-2015

The Kirklees Advocacy Service have now published their annual report for 2014-2015. You can see highlights, including some fantastic feedback from service users, below, or you can download the complete report.  2014-2015 has been a busy and exciting year for Touchstone in Kirklees. Whilst we have continued to deliver the community mental health advocacy service…

Carers Week (8th-14th June)

The people who care for people with disabilities, long term health conditions or mental health issues often need some support themselves. Carers Week was established to highlight both the support that’s available and what else might be needed. Some of the events happening in Leeds for this year’s Carers Week are listed below. Tuesday 9th June…

1-7 June 2015 – Volunteers Week

Thank you to all Touchstone Volunteers and everyone who volunteers! Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. Touchstone volunteers are an amazing group of people who are passionate friendly, engaged and dedicated in supporting Touchstone, and we thank them this week and beyond for their…

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…