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International Women’s Day 2019 by Alison Lowe

International Women’s Day events are held worldwide on March 8 to celebrate women and their global contribution. Various women, including political, community, and business leaders, as well as leading educators, inventors, entrepreneurs, and television personalities, are usually invited to speak at events on the day, highlighting their successes to illustrate how much progress has been made, and often how much further there is till yet to go. Many students in

2019-03-08T10:05:46+00:008th March 2019|Blog, Community, Equality and Diversity, Events, Leadership, Yorkshire|

International Volunteers Day: 5th December

The Touchstone Volunteers Project is very open, diverse and service user (SU) friendly.  Not only do our SU benefit from the contributions of volunteers, but some also take on the role themselves.   Volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer in a number of roles across Touchstone and with partner organisations. Some of our volunteers are befrienders for SU's. This has resulted in SU's reporting an increase in attending social activities, a

2020-04-17T11:00:41+01:005th December 2018|Case Study, Community, Events, News, Volunteering|

Courses in Beeston and Cottingley for new and expectant parents

Best Start Peer Support Project If you are pregnant or a carer of an under 2 yr old and live in South or East Leeds, why not get involved? Improve your self-esteem, learn new skills and help others in your community. What can we offer? The Best Start Peer Support Programme is offering a free course to help people manage better when pregnant or if they are a parents/carer for a

2018-08-09T09:00:05+01:009th August 2018|Community, Families, News, Peer Support|

Safeguarding and Coproduction – #SafeguardingWeek

Jim Leyland (Touchstone's Operations Director – Inclusion) talks about the work Touchstone does to ensure adequate safeguarding for our clients and their communities. I am really excited in Safeguarding Week to share the work we have been doing at Touchstone with Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board. We were asked to contribute a service user voice to the new Leeds Safeguarding Adults policy and procedure. Colleagues from the board, including the chair of

2020-04-17T10:58:21+01:0025th June 2018|Blog, Community, Coproduction, Partnership, Policy|

Best Start Peer Support Programme – our progress so far

The Best Start Peer Support Programme aims to empower individuals and families about the relationships they have at home and with professionals, in order that they make healthier informed choices about their lives and therefore become better carers and parents producing healthy children, in line with the Best Start plan for the city. In year one, we received 152 referrals. We have successfully found our niche and created a programme

2020-04-17T10:27:35+01:0022nd June 2018|Blog, Carers, Community, Families|

Volunteering with MAP+ #VolunteersWeek

The Migrant Access Project (MAP+) helps new arrivals in Leeds to connect with the local community, including finding volunteering opportunities. One of our MAP+ volunteers have shared some of her experience and feedback with us: "I suffered a really bad injury at work and had to reduce my hours, which meant I started getting into debt. My emotional health deteriorated. Meeting the Leeds Neighbourhood approach officers and Nick has helped

2018-06-06T09:00:29+01:006th June 2018|Blog, Community, Volunteering|

Highlighting Health inequalities in New Wortley

Bill Graham from New Wortley Community Association has looked into health inequalities for those in the New Wortley neighbourhood of Leeds. The charts below show some of what he found out. This indicator shows the proportion of households where no people in the household have English as a main language. This information was created from responses to the languages spoken question in the 2011 Census which aims to classify households

2020-04-17T10:57:05+01:005th June 2018|Blog, Community, Data and Statistics, Equality and Diversity|

Be a buddy for a new Leeds resident #VolunteersWeek

Most people have had experience of feeling new, not knowing where things are or how to get help. Well, here is your opportunity to be a buddy to somebody that is new to the city - to show them things like: where the train and bus stations are visiting museums together exploring different areas of Leeds how to access services like GPs taking up  a hobby together. We are looking

2020-04-17T10:56:48+01:002nd June 2018|Community, News, Refuge and Asylum, Volunteering|

Does Dance Matter?

International Dance Day falls on the 29th March each year. Each year prominent figures from the world of dance are asked to talk about why dance matters on a global and social level. Here are some of this year’s messages. Salia Sanou from Burkina Faso says: “…whether we like it or not, whether we recognize it or not, we all share, whatever the colour of our skin, whatever our origins,

2018-05-01T08:00:53+01:001st May 2018|Art, Blog, Community, Refuge and Asylum|

Trans Day of Visibility 2018

International Trans Day of Visibility falls on 31st March every year. The aim is to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe and to counter prejudice by spreading knowledge of the trans community. This year’s theme is “surviving, thriving” (#TransThriving). Below, Touchstone volunteer Rachel talks about her experience and work. Originally from York, I relocated to Leeds in 2011 after being diagnosed as Transgender. Due to mental health

2020-04-17T10:55:19+01:0026th March 2018|Blog, Community, Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, Trans Day of Visibility|