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NHS Leeds Health Stars Awards 2011

Touchstone was highly commended in the Mental Health and Wellbeing category at this year’s Health Stars Awards for our work on the “Talking Our Language” training pack. Staff from the Community Development Service supported Chinese and Pakistani community activists to train peers about mental health.  Download and use the training manual.

Community Development Leaflet Now Available

The new Community Development Service leaflets are out now. Visit the CDS Page or click on the picture to the right to download a copy. The Community Development Service supports black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Leeds. This includes people from African Caribbean, African, Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Irish, Pakistani, refugee and asylum seeking communities. Staff are…

Referrals now being accepted by Kirklees Advocacy Service

Referrals now being accepted by Kirklees Advocacy Service. The Kirklees Advocacy Service enables people who have experienced or are experiencing mental health problems to: Speak up for themselves Help other people find their voice Work out what recovery means to them Download a referral form.

Touchstone Members Event

An open invitation to all Touchstone members. Touchstone would like to invite you all to atten a members event on Thursday 8th September 2011 from 6pm-8pm at Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds LS11 8ND. You will have the opportunity to meet service users, staff, managers and other members. You can also find out about what more…

New East Leeds Health For All Leaflets

The new East Leeds Health For All leaflets are out now. Visit the ELHFA Page to download a copy. ELHFA is a community based project that reduces health inequalities in Leeds. You can get involved with a range of activities. You can find out about your rights, make informed choices, access health information and gain…

Touchstone, Working in Partnership

This video was produced in December 2010 – by WYLDA (the West Yorkshire Learning and Decelopment Agency) to promote it’s Working Together for Equalities Resource Pack. The Pack explains how different organisations across West Yorkshire promote equal access to their services. In this video, Aisha from the Community Development Service explains how Touchstone makes sure we…

Saga Project Webcast

  The Department of Health came to Touchstone and asked how they might publicise delivering race equality amongst the Black Caribbean communities of Leeds. Touchstone said that the best people to ask were members of the communities themselves.  So this musical collaboration took place. Saga and Rap Conscious Productions wrote and produced a track called…

Touchstone World Mental Health Day

A short film, made by the BME Community Development Team, to celebrate World Mental Health Day, shown on The Big Screen in Millennium Square.

Wah Wah le Yuan

  The story of Happy Baby Garden, Chinese Mums and Tots Group in Leeds – originally shown at our Annual Celebration

St Patrick’s Day Celebration

  A group of Touchtone’s Indian service users attend the celebrations with the aim of promoting and sustaining a positive message about mental health to the community as a whole. Changing individuals’ perceptions and Increasing awareness of matters of concern to the community. Creating greater opportunities for the community and encouraging individual involvement in attending…

Report: Working Together for Equality

Working Together for Equality Resource Pack

WYLDA (West Yorkshire Learning and Development Agency) worked with partners, including Touchstone to produce this Equality Resource Pack (December 2010). Download the report…

Report: Improving access to breast screening for BME women

Improving access to breast screening for BME women

Touchstone has been working with the NHS as part of the Pacesetters programme to make sure that all women in Leeds understand the existence and importance of screening. (Nov 2010)  Download the leaflet…

Report: Talking Our Language

Touchstone’s report and training resources to improve mental health awareness among Pakistani and Chinese communities.  This was part of the Department of Health Pacesetters programme. (Aug 2010) Download the report…

Report: AMHP course evaluation

Service User Evaluation of Leeds Metropolitan University Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) course (January 2010).  Touchstone’s service users led this evaluation and compiled this report in collaboration with Touchstone’s service user involvement lead. Download the report…

Report: BME Perspectives on Substance Use and Mental Health Problems

Dual diagnosis report – “BME Perspectives on Substance Use and Mental Health Problems” (2009). Report of a consultation with people from African Caribbean and Bangladeshi Communities in Leeds – compiled in partnership with St Anne’s Community Services and St Martin’s Practice. Download the report…

Report: The Mental Health Providers Forum

Touchstone piloted the mental health recovery star and contributed to this report The Recovery Star Model and Cultural Competency. (June 2009) Download the report…

Report: Equalities Consultation

Report on the an Equalities Consultation that Touchstone led on behalf of NHS Leeds (Jan 2009).  We enabled a Community Research Team to explore the views of a number of BME communities. Download the report…

Report: The mental health needs of BME communities in Leeds

Two service users enjoying a coffee

Background to the research This research was initiated by the BME Advisory Group to the Mental Health Modernisation Team (BMEAG), and paid for by Leeds Adult Social Care (formerly,  Leeds Social Services). It was commissioned to inform decisions on how to spend the monies that were freed up by the closure of the Black Mental Health…