Leadership Masterclass: Steph Calvert

Steph Calvert will be speaking at the Touchstone Leadership Masterclass on Wednesday 26th July 12noon to 2pm at Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, LS11 8ND Steph was born in 1958, and only realised she was officially a boy on seeing her first brother in the bath when she was two. Decades of confusion and distress followed, along with two suicide attempts, before she decided to attempt to live as the most masculine

2020-04-17T10:28:51+01:0017th July 2017|Equality and Diversity, Events, Leadership Masterclass, LGBT*, News|

Leeds Commitment to Carers

Unpaid carers are crucial both to our communities and to the sustainability of health and care in the city. If Leeds is to be the best city in the UK for health and wellbeing then it has to be the best for carers. The Leeds Commitment to Carers has been co-produced by members of the Leeds Carers Partnership, which includes a significant contribution from carers, to set out what being the best city for carers would look like. That

2020-04-17T10:28:41+01:0026th June 2017|Carers, News|

WY-FI Peer Mentor Training – begins August 2017

What do I need to become a WY-FI Peer Mentor? To become a WY-FI Peer Mentor you must have: previous experience of volunteering or peer mentoring (supporting people) lived experience of at least two of the following: homelessness addiction to drugs, substances and/or alcohol re-offending behaviour mental ill health How do I become a WY-FI Peer Mentor? The next WY-FI peer mentor course will begin in August 2017. Closing dates

2020-04-17T10:28:38+01:0020th June 2017|Events, News, Peer Support, Training, Volunteering|

Setting the Standard for Coproduction #coproweek

At Touchstone we strive to model all that is great about coproduction.  In 2016, we delivered Leeds’ first ever coproduction conference which included contributions from all sectors and - of course - experts by experience as a given. We also wrote a blog about the conference for SCIE, which can be found here: On 6th July 2017, to coincide with Coproduction Week, Touchstone and our partners Leeds Involving People,

2020-04-17T10:28:36+01:0016th June 2017|Coproduction, Equality and Diversity, Events, News, Partnership|

Dementia Information Event – 18th May

As part of Dementia Awareness Week, Touchstone (in partnership wit the Reginald Centre and Feel Good Factor) is organising a dementia information event for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities on Thursday 18th May. We'll be at the Reginald Centre on Chapeltown Road in Leeds from 9:30am to 1pm. Join us at this free information event and hear from: Tim Sanders, Integrated Commissioning and Transformation Manager, Dementia, NHS Leeds Clinical

2017-05-12T10:00:54+01:0012th May 2017|Dementia, Dementia Awareness Week, Events, News|

Thanks to Brudenell Groove

Last Friday Brudenell Groove – the not-for-profit dance party held an event at HiFi raising money for Touchstone and Yorkshire MESMAC. We’d like to say a huge thank to you Brudenell Groove, for supporting us and for challenging discrimination and for creating safer party spaces. To find out more about Brudenell Groove head over to where you can read their pieces on Touchstone and Yorkshire MESMAC.   Thank you!

2017-05-09T12:08:59+01:009th May 2017|Events, News|

Therapies and workshops for people in North Leeds with long term health conditions

Positive Care Programme What is this? A 4 week programme of complementary therapies and workshops How can this help? The treatments can help with: Depression Loneliness Anxiety Chronic physical pain Fibromyalgia Chronic stress Sleep Issues And a range of other conditions… What will be available? One to one Complementary Therapies to de-stress and deal with both physical and mental health conditions Workshops to help with stress relief and coping mechanisms, including

2020-04-17T10:28:11+01:008th May 2017|News|

In the running – Touchstone volunteer raising funds in Leeds Half Marathon

We want to express our huge appreciation for Meenakshi Parmar, who not only volunteers for Touchstone, but who is also running the Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for the organisation. We hope that many of Touchstone's friends and supporters will choose to sponsor Meenakshi or turn out to support her on Sunday 14th May. Sponsor Meenakshi here.  

2020-04-17T10:27:36+01:004th May 2017|News|

Best Start peer support launch event

Do you work in South Leeds with pregnant women and parents and carers of children aged 0-2? Come and find out about our new Peer Support Programme. Are you pregnant or a parent or carer yourself? If so why not come along and see how you can get involved. Thursday 18th May, 11am-2pm Come and join us for: Therapy and treatments available Soft play area Free food and drinks Information

2020-04-17T10:27:35+01:0027th April 2017|Carers, Events, Families, News, Partnership|

Free courses for people with Type 2 Diabetes

BDPL (BME Diabetes Programme Leeds) Do you have Type 2 Diabetes? Join our course to learn how to manage and take control of your diabetes. Learn in Urdu, Punjabi and English with your own community. Free Structured 8 week diabetes education for Black , Minority & Ethnic communities. This course will increase your knowledge, skills & confidence to better self manage your diabetes. Small changes with a big difference. Diabetic

2017-04-26T09:00:35+01:0026th April 2017|Diabetes, Events, Healthy Eating, News|