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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…

“No Bystanders” – a new anti-bullying campaign from Stonewall

From the playground to the workplace, the opinions we form of other people and the way we express those opinions can make a big difference. If people feel they have to change or hide fundamental things about themselves, in order to avoid teasing, bullying or segregation, then the long term effects on mental health can…

Organisations unite to take positive action about dementia in Leeds

More than 70 people from businesses, public services and community groups across the city came to the open meeting of the Leeds Dementia Action Alliance on 19 May at West Yorkshire Playhouse, to find out more about building dementia friendly communities in Leeds. Bob Fulcher spoke eloquently and with a dash of humour about living…

South Asian Dementia Cafe

Hamari Yaadain – our monthly Dementia Cafe for South Asian people in Leeds continues through the Summer. The cafe is for people with dementia and their carers and is accessible to speakers of Punjabi, Urdu or Hindi. The cafe takes placeat Touchstone Support Centre, Harehills Avenue, LS8 4EX on the first Thursday of every month…

New services for Kirklees

Touchstone’s Advocacy Service in Kirklees is adding two new strands to its work. Independent Mental Health Advocacy The Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service will be working with people who have been sectioned or conditionally discharged, to ensure that they know about and are able to ask for their rights. They can also work with…

Secret Indian Cinema

For Sikh Elders Service Members and their Carers. Come and watch an Indian film in an intimate setting. Free entry – enjoy a free tea or coffee. 25th October at Inkwell, 31 Potternewton Lane, Leeds, LS7 3LW. Doors open at 4.45pm. Very limited spaces, confirm your space by 21st October by calling 0113 271 8277…

Lohri Stories

Lohri is a very popular festival, celebrated by the Punjabi people of the Indian subcontinent to mark the end of Winter. People celebrate the Winter Solstice with bonfires, and joyous folk songs and dances, including Gidha Boliyan and Bhangra. Fires are lit to mark the return of longer days, people putting on their most cheerful,…

Service User Training Schedule 2014

Touchstone Service Users wishing to book a place on any of the training below, should ring  Tim Grayson 07825 438 377 Compliments and Complaints (Enables you to sit on panels and be paid for reviewing the above) – Facilitator: Mark Baker – Tuesday 8/4/14 12.00 noon to 3.30pm at Touchstone House (The conference room)  – 10 places available. First Aid (…

Touchstone builds on success as top employer

The Sunday Times survey of best not-for-profit organisations to work for, this year lists Touchstone at number 59 (a significant rise from our placing of 72 last year). The results are due to be published in a special supplement on Sunday 16th March. Only one other West Yorkshire based organisation made it in to the…

Volition mark LGBT History Month

Volition (the umbrella organisation for voluntary sector mental health service providers in Leeds) has published a special edition of their newsletter for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans) History Month this February. The purpose of the month is to mark the achievements, as well as the challenges, of people who identify in any of the…

Touchstone is a Stonewall Top 100 Employer!

At a star-studded champagne reception held at the Tate Modern on 15th January, Touchstone gained entry to the Stonewall Top 100 Employers’ list for 2014, 4 years after becoming Stonewall Diversity Champions. Touchstone is the first ever local charity to be awarded the accolade of being amongst the UK’s top gay-friendly employers, previous winners usually…

Award winning community development work from Touchstone’s Kimberley Saggu

We are thrilled to announce that one of Touchstone’s Black and Minority Ethnic Community Development Workers, Kimberley Saggu, has won a Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust Award.  The annual Trust Awards offer staff and members the chance to recognise and celebrate the talented people working and volunteering for the Trust. Kimberley has worked tirelessly…

Healthwatch Leeds appoints Chair

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our first chair of Healthwatch Leeds: Linn Phipps. Linn has a strong background in the NHS, in Leeds, and in patient and public engagement. She has over 14 years’ experience of serving as a Non-Executive Director of NHS mental health and learning disability services, and as Chair…

Workplace Wellbeing – Touchstone’s exciting new service

As the modern workplace becomes increasingly stressful and demanding, employers are looking for new ways to support their staff to stay well, motivated and positive. Touchstone’s new Workplace Wellbeing service is designed to do just that. Combining workshops such as managing stress, looking after your body, maintaining your energy levels along with a comprehensive range…

Positive Pathways Goes Live

Positive Pathways

Positive Pathways goes live on 2nd April 2013. Positive Pathways supports people with mental health problems in Leeds, working on housing, employment and other needs to help with recovery. The service is led by Community Links in partnership with Touchstone, Leeds Mind, Leeds Irish Health and Homes, St Anne’s Community Services and Leeds Federated Housing…

New Touchstone Project Tackles Mental Health Discrimination Head On

Stigma and discrimination create barriers

  Touchstone has been awarded a Time to Change grant to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in black communities inLeeds.   Time to Change isEngland’s mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.  The programme is distributing grants to…

Leeds Census 2011 – Another update from the CDWs

After the enormous success of our last post analysing the 2011 Leeds Census Arfan Hanif  from the Community Development team has crunched yet more data to explain the ethnic makeup of each electoral ward in Leeds. This kind of information is really important for local services trying to work out who lives on their doorstep, so…

Healthwatch Leeds – Update

  Touchstone are proud to announce their membership of the consortium chosen to manage  Healthwatch Leeds, together with Health Together, Inclusion North, and Leeds Involving People. Healthwatch Leeds will be the local voice of people who use health and social care services in Leeds from 1st April 2013, and will build on the work of…

Refugee Mental Health – Action Research Final Report

Touchstone and PAFRAS collaborated on action research project last year, looking at the mental health needs and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds. We are proud to publish the final report – which contains the findings and actions of the action learning sets, and priorities for action, based on analysis of lived experiences…

Kirklees Advocacy Service Annual Report 2011/12

This is the first annual report of the Kirklees Advocacy Service – Touchstone’s first service designed and delivered on explicitly co-productive principles. In it you will see how we’ve attempted to model the core values of co-production through everything we do – and what we have achieved in collaboration with the people we work with….

What’s the Impact of community-based support for women who offend?

Touchstone and the Together Women Project are pleased to announce that they have come together in partnership to deliver a new project for women with mental health problems.  The Impact Project will reduce the use of custody for women who offend by providing courts with a credible package of measures enabling the use of community…

Touchstone Community Development Analyse the 2011 Census

The Census took place on 27 March 2011 with a response rate of 94%. The first released data was published on 11 December 2012 by the Office of National Statistics. The BME Community Development Team at Touchstone have published this brief analysis of local Census data related to ethnicity, religion and faith to help you make sense of…