Equality and Diversity

#PartnersInPride: Touchstone Taking Pride in Mental Health at Leeds Pride 2019

Another year, another fabulous show of Touchstone supporting the LGBT+ community at Leeds Pride! Partnering with Leeds Mind, Live Well Leeds, and Community Links, this year our #PartnersInPride saw a great turn out for the biggest parade ever seen at Leeds Pride, with 130 companies parading and over 60,000 spectators. P.S. Ours was the big…

Sharing Good Practice Working With BAME Clients In IAPT

In June here at Touchstone we were asked to present a workshop at the PWP National Networking Forum for IAPT in Birmingham. Aniysa Azam (Senior PWP) and myself (Deputy Manager) went and shared the Touchstone PWP team’s learning over the last 6 years on topics of: common challenges in delivering a good quality and equitable service to clients from Black…

LGBTQI+ Have Your Voice Heard Feedback

St Georges Centre Leeds, 22nd June 2018 We successfully held a consultation event where all local mental health services were asked to promote the event and bring along their service users. As well as having lived experience speakers we had a few professionals throughout the day letting us know the good things that are happening…

Touchstone “truly excels” as an employer

Yorkshire mental health charity Touchstone celebrates achieving coveted three star accreditation in the annual Sunday Times Best Companies to Work survey in recognition of its extraordinary levels of employee engagement. The charity, ranked 8th in The Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2019, was also given the Discovering Potential award for the third…

LGBT History Month – Laverne Cox

In celebration of LGBT History Month, Touchstone is profiling a different LGBT celebrity each week in the month of February. The chosen celebrity this week is Laverne Cox: twin; actress, television producer and LGBT advocate. Born in Mobile, Alabama, Laverne was bullied constantly as a child and describes how she attempted suicide when, aged 11,…

LGBT History Month – Vicky Beeching

Victoria Louise “Vicky” Beeching (born 17 July 1979) is an English musician and religious commentator. She is best known for her work in the American contemporary worship music genre, and has been described as “arguably the most influential Christian of her generation” due to of her Twitter following and appearances on BBC’s Thought for the…

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…

LGBT History Month Bi Role Models

Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an actress, producer, writer, and director. As a child actress, she became well-known for her performance in E.T.. Since then she starred in many films and, along with Nancy Juvonen, has started her own production company, Flower Films. In 2003 in and interview with Contact Music…

Touchstone in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for 2019

Touchstone has been placed 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, which lists the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. The list is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their…

Blue Monday 21st Jan: How Blue Are You?

The 3rd Monday in January is said to be the most depressing day of the year due to the weather, financial pressures and debts accumulated over the holiday season and low motivation levels.   Blue Monday was first publicized by Sky Travel in 2005. You can find out more about how it was calculated and…

October 19th is Wear Red Day: We Want to Show Racism the Red Card!

Wear Red Day: October 19th Show Racism the Red Card is holding its annual ‘Wear Red Day’ on October 19th. Show Racism the Red Card is an anti-racism educational charity and you can find out more about the work they do here: http://www.theredcard.org/about/

Touchstone Honoured at UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Touchstone – a Yorkshire based mental health and wellbeing charity – is celebrating winning the National Diversity Awards in the Diverse Company category at a star-studded night at the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. The awards were held on 14th September and saw individuals and organisations from across the UK crowned the best in British diversity….

Leeds IAPT Diversity Audit Findings

Dear colleagues Some of you  are aware that over the past 6 -8 months, I have been working alongside Richard, Steve, Arfan and our consortium partners to audit and review the workforce diversity profile of Leeds IAPT. This piece of work is now complete and I’d like to share some of our findings with you….

Touchstone has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Touchstone has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company category at the National Diversity Awards 2018. Over 20,000 people submitted nominations for the awards this year. Amongst those being honoured are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways. Designed to highlight…

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…

Making Mental Health Sustainable – Mindful Employer Leeds Conference 2018

This year’s Mindful Employer conference will give employers advice and guidance on how to embed positive mental health into the workplace and create sustainable employee wellbeing. Be part of challenging perceptions about mental health within your organisation, look at the different ways you can start your journey and develop good practice further. This event has…

Love a Muslim Day

Touchstone IAPT would like to share some words of support and love on Love a Muslim Day.   I place immense value on the contribution of the Muslim community to Leeds and indeed to the whole country. At work I value and respect the immense contributions made by colleagues across the whole range of Touchstone…

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,…

Touchstone meets the Investors in People Platinum standard

At Touchstone, a Yorkshire based mental health and wellbeing charity that works in partnership with many other organisations, our first priority is always the results that we achieve with and for our service users. But to do that, we need to support our diverse and talented staff to reach their potential. Recently that support has…

LGBT History Month profile – Lewis Hancox

To mark LGBT History Month 2018, Touchstone is profiling different LGBT role models during the month of February.  This week we are proud to tell you about a fantastic film maker and comedian – Lewis Hancox who has featured in Stonewall’s Come Out For Trans Equality campaign. Here are Lewis’s own words, reproduced from Stonewall’s…

Have you, or someone you care for, ever been detained under the Mental Health Act?

Touchstone are holding three focus groups to gather feedback for The Mental Health Act Review. Get in touch to book your place. Dewsbury: 28th February, contact 01924 460211 or advocacy@touchstonesupport.org.uk Leeds: 2nd March, contact 0113 2192727 or supportcentre@touchstonesupport.org.uk Bradford: 17th April – details to be confirmed.  

LGBT History Month – bi role models

Drew Barrymore Drew Barrymore (born February 22, 1975) is an actress, producer, writer, and director. As a child actress, she became well-known for her performance in E.T.. Since then she starred in many films and, along with Nancy Juvonen, has started her own production company, Flower Films. In 2003 in and interview with Contact Music…

LGBT History Month

This February, LGBT History Month will celebrate the life of Harvey Milk, 40 years after his murder.  2018 also marks 30 years since the introduction of Section 28, the legislation banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ in British schools. Despite his short career in politics, Milk became an icon in San Francisco and a martyr in…

LGBT History Month Profile – HARVEY MILK

To celebrate LGBT History Month in February 2018, Touchstone will profile an LGBT person each week. We are choosing to profile Harvey Milk once again as 2018 is the 40th anniversary of his murder and his remarkable life is being commemorated this year by the LGBT History Month organisers http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/ Harvey Bernard Milk was an…

Touchstone in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for 2018

Touchstone has been placed 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, which lists the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.  Now in its fourteenth year, the list celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces and is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index. “Touchstone is delighted to be…

Leadership Masterclass for #LGBT History Month 2018

Weds 14th February 12noon – 2pm (free lunch included) Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8ND Guest speaker panel Rachel Smith Rob Wilson Eleanor Broadbent Jen Wilson Follow the link to book a FREE ticket https://lgbtleadershipmasterclass.eventbrite.co.uk

LGBTIQ+ service user steering group – 1st February

LGBTIQ+ steering group service user led. For those with lived experience of mental health issues and those at risk. HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD! We are looking to the LGBTIQ+ community who want to help make changes towards our better future.  Buffet, Refreshments, Workshop, Wellbeing therapies.  If you would like to be involved come along to our event on:-…

Leadership Masterclass – Sophie Cook

Wednesday 31st January 12pm-2pm Hillside Enterprise Centre Beeston Road LS11 8ND Vulnerability, empathy and the inspirational leader. Ex-RAF, motorbike racer, newspaper editor, Premier League football and rock photographer, self harm and suicide survivor and transgender. Sophie Cook is a media personality and activist whose wide portfolio of work includes presenting, producing, writing and photography. She…