Partnership

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…

Touchstone: reducing reoffending, boosting employability

Working in partnership with the West Yorkshire Probation Trust,  Touchstone is improving the employability of offenders with mental health issues through the Step Change project. Mental health has been identified as a barrier into employment, education and training among ex-offenders.  People are often marginalised and can fall through the net.  In addition to employability-building, a large…

Designing substance use services collaboratively

About a year ago, a group of people drawn from Leeds University, Leeds Partnerships Foundation Trust, South West Yorkshire Foundation Trust and others (including Touchstone, Altogether Better and User Voice ) came together to think about how Health Services in Leeds could be thought about, designed and delivered co-productively. We wanted to find ways of…

Community Development Team Named “Best Partner”

Touchstone’s Community Development Team were named “Best Partner” by Leeds Adult Social Care, in their Excellence Awards 2011.  Nafisa  Miraf and Samantha Powell  and Jon Beech were nominated for the award in recognition of their development of the Migrant Community Organiser Programme alongside Zobi Barok from Feel Good Factor and Pria Bhabra of Adult Social…

Touchstone, Working in Partnership

In December 2010 WYLDA (the West Yorkshire Learning and Decelopment Agency) produced its Working Together for Equalities Resource Pack. The Pack explains how different organisations across West Yorkshire promote equal access to their services.

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…