Partnership

Social prescribing service nominated for innovation award

The Patient Empowerment Project (PEP) has been shortlisted in the Primary Care Innovation category at the 2016 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Awards. The PEP is a social prescribing service commissioned by NHS Leeds West Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)  and delivered by a partnership including BARCA-Leeds, Touchstone, Better Leeds Communities and Leeds Mind, which helps GPs access community…

Client feedback from PEP social prescribing service

The Patient Empowerment Project is a social prescribing service commissioned by the West Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group and delivered in partnership between BARCA Leeds, Better Leeds Communities, Mind and Touchstone. The project supports people to take control of their health and wellbeing. Participants are referred by their doctor and are supported to access groups, services and…

Vacancy: MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER

NHS Mental Health Practitioner NHS Scale Band 6, Point 21 – 29, £26,302 – £32,225 Location: Wakefield and Leeds Fixed term contract until 31st March 2018 Download Mental Health practitioner Job description Download Mental Health Practitoner Person Specification To apply please use this link – Mental Health Practitioner – Touchstone Closing date – 19th August…

Evaluation of community diabetes course

Seeking to improve diabetes awareness in the South Asian community (where the condition is particularly prevalent), Touchstone joined in partnership with Leeds Community Health NHS Trust to deliver Sadee Smile – an 8 week course to help people understand and manage the condition. 11 courses were run in a variety of venues around Leeds, by…

Touchstone to run LTC Self Management Sessions

Touchstone, in partnership with Leeds Community Healthcare, QISMET and Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research have been successful in securing funding for a 6 month project to run structured education sessions to support people living with Long Term health conditions in Leeds. Sessions are aimed at adults (18+) who are within 12months of having…

Tour De Touchstone 3: Rio’s Revenge

Touchstone Support is fundraising for Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Get ready for some more FUNdraising action with Tour De Touchstone 3: Rio’s Revenge! On the 22nd July 2016, everyone will be invited to compete in 7 wacky events at each Touchstone site in the hopes of winning our First Place prize! Our…

The Mental Health Support Experiences in Leeds of Black Women and Roma Men, Born Outside of the UK

Touchstone’s vision is to inspire communities and to transform lives. Over our 30 plus years of operating across West Yorkshire this aspiration has led us to focus on the hopes, experiences and outcomes of our most diverse communities, as experience shows that these communities are most often the most excluded, marginalised and overlooked. These reports will hopefully go…

#CoproductionLeeds – what Twitter said

We had an amazing turnout for the Co-production conference organised by Touchstone and Leeds Involving People and – appropriately – a great sense of involvement and collaboration. Below, we’ve collated the responses and photos that many attendees published to Twitter during or after the event. [View the story “Co-Production Conference” on Storify]

Young leaders go international

This Sunday (12th June) a group of young people from West Yorkshire will be travelling to Paris for the first stage of training in the Find Yourself Leadership Programme that has been established by Erasmus+ (the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport.) In total, 30 young people (aged 18 to 25) from…

Believe in yourself: volunteering at Touchstone

One of our brilliant volunteers explains how and why she got involved and the benefits that volunteering has had for her.   Before I started my volunteering with Touchstone I just had my son and was unemployed and unaware of the direction I wanted to go in life. I lacked so much confidence due to…

Mental health charities announce partnership

Health and wellbeing charity Touchstone is forging an alliance with community development organisation Sharing Voices Bradford. The two organisations will collaborate to help boost mental health and wellbeing services across West Yorkshire. Alison Lowe, CEO of Leeds-based Touchstone, said: “I am delighted to be working closely with Sharing Voices Bradford, who provided the national template…

Calderdale Health Awareness Event

Calderdale BME Health Forum invite you to… A FREE HEALTH AWARENESS EVENT Thursday 26th May 11.30am – 2pm Queens Road Neighbourhood Centre, Queens Rd, Halifax HX1 4NE Do you want to know more about local health issues? Any health topics you would like to find out more about? Come along to the BME Health Forum’s…

Public Health England launches One You

The One You campaign aims to help adults across the country avoid future diseases caused by modern day life. It is aimed to encourage adults, particular those in middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now and in later life. The campaign aims to encourage adults to take more exercise,…

Love Arts seeking artists for mental health arts festival

The Arts and Minds Network would once again like to work in partnership with artists in all mediums, whose work has a connection to mental wellbeing. The annual Love Arts Festival will run this year from 5th – 20th October 2016. Deadline for Submissions is 4pm on Monday 9th May To submit a proposal to contribute…

Touchstone and Dosti to merge

  Touchstone and Dosti Trustees are delighted to announce that following several months of conversations about the future of services for BAME people in Leeds, they have agreed to merge from 1st April 2016. Shinde Dahri, Chair of the Dosti Trustee Board, said “I am really happy that the work of Dosti to support Asian…

Touchstone and West Yorkshire Sport to deliver Kirklees’ social prescribing service

We are delighted to announce that from Spring 2016, Touchstone will be delivering Kirklees’ social prescribing service; Better In Kirklees. Working with our partner West Yorkshire Sport, we will be supporting people with long term health conditions or social care needs to get involved in the broad range of different community activities that Kirklees has…

NHS Announces ‘Social Prescribing’ Service to Improve Local Health

Individuals in South and East Leeds are to benefit from a new NHS ‘social prescribing’ service to act as a single point of access to a wide range of community groups and activities in an easy, accessible way, which aims to reduce social isolation and improve health and wellbeing. NHS Leeds South and East Clinical…

WY-FI – one year on

The WY-FI project started its work on 1st June 2014. During its first year of operation, it has: Been in contact with 142 people Half of those people are now receiving full support from the programme Trained 21 Peer Mentors Touchstone is just one of the partners within the project. Particular achievements by our staff…

Dementia Conference Report

Today more than 800,000 people are living with dementia. By 2021, it’s expected to rise to more than a million. More people than ever are now getting access to a diagnosis, are being given the right information to help them cope, and are receiving real person-centred care. But there are thousands of people living with…

New View Project – churches combating mental health stigma

Touchstone’s Community Development Team worked in partnership with local churches to investigate how faith communities can work together to raise awareness of mental health issues and to support community members who may be struggling with their own mental health. The project was funded by Time To Change. The aims of the New View project were: To…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Future Plans for PAFRAS and Touchstone

  Touchstone are proud to announce a 6 month extension to their mental health partnership with PAFRAS, funded by NHS Leeds. PAFRAS provide mental health outreach and support to destitute asylum seekers from their weekly drop-ins at St Aidan’s Church  – reaching many people who remain “off the radar” and invisible to most other services. The service helps asylum seekers…