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Leadership Masterclass for LGBT History Month

To celebrate LGBT History Month, Touchstone will be holding a special Leadership Masterclass on Tuesday 28th February with a panel of LGBT BME speakers. 28th February: 12 noon – 2 pm (lunch included) Hillside, Beeston Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS11 8ND   Guest speaker panel Khakan Qureshi (founder of Birmingham South Asians LGBT – Finding A Voice) Marvina Newton (founder of Angel of Youths) Aaron Chady (community development worker at Yorkshire MESMAC)

Sharing your Equality Expertise Makes the World a Fairer Place

Here at Touchstone, we love to share our experience of inclusion and diversity to make the world a better place for all. As the number 1 ranked Top 50 Most Inclusive Employer in 2016, Touchstone can show it knows a thing or two about equality but we don’t want to hug that knowledge to ourselves - our mission is to share this expertise - so that everyone can benefit and

2020-04-17T10:25:25+01:0020th January 2017|Blog, Equality and Diversity, Partnership|

Weekly mental health drop-in in Leeds city centre

Mental Health Drop-in *EVERY FRIDAY FROM THE 6TH JAN 2017* Room 5 in the Leeds Civic Hall from 12.30pm until 2.30pm Struggling with your mental wellbeing, feeling isolated and alone? Come along to the Civic Hall, Fridays from 12.30pm until 2pm for a cuppa, chat and to meet others. We can support with: Mental health staff to listen and offer advice and signposting. Practical support with forms and phone calls

2020-04-17T10:25:07+01:0016th January 2017|News, Partnership|

Sikh Elders Service – projects for 2017

Cha Da Cup will continue on Monday 9th January from 10.00am-12.30pm to support and provide enriched experiences to over 70’s, and the socially isolated and lonely, over 55’s. We will continue to work with partnerships and volunteer drivers to offer transport to those who are not able to access this group. This group remains free to attend, with a small charge of £2.50 to those that need help with transport.

2020-04-17T10:25:03+01:0011th January 2017|Events, News, Partnership, Volunteering|

Touchstone Leadership Masterclass 2017 Session One – Sufyan Gulam Ismail

Sufyan Gulam Ismail is an award-winning Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist and was recently ranked amongst the 500 most influential Muslims in the World. He graduated from the University of Manchester and then started his career training with Deloitte. Sufyan has built numerous businesses over the years specialising in financial services, private equity and real estate.  His businesses have won numerous awards including ‘UK’s fastest growing company', NW entrepreneur of the year and have been listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Fast Track corporate listings.  His

2020-04-17T10:25:00+01:0010th January 2017|Diversity, Equality and Diversity, Events, News, Partnership|

Peer Mentor Training

WY-FI runs regular Peer Mentor Training, to encourage people to pass on the benefit of their experience to others who may be struggling with similar circumstances. Using their own knowledge and lived experience of local services and recovery options, WY-FI Peer Mentors support and build up mentoring relationships. Because they’ve been through similar situations to the people they’re working with, they demonstrate that recovery is possible, and therefore can give

2020-04-17T10:24:41+01:0016th December 2016|Blog, Complex Needs, Feedback, Partnership, Volunteering|

Where leaders are going wrong

A guest blog post by Jolyon Kimble of APCO Worldwide. Last week we held a discussion on leadership with two remarkable leaders. One was Lord Browne, former boss of one of the world's biggest energy companies. As many people know, he's white, and a man. The other was Alison Lowe, Labour Councillor and head of a mental health charity in the north of England. Alison is black, and a woman.

2020-04-17T10:23:53+01:0025th November 2016|Blog, Partnership|

Positive Care Programme in Dewsbury

Beginning this week, Positive Care Programme will be offering taster sessions at Thrive at Connect in Dewsbury (Wednesdays 9th to 30th November). The sessions are for people with long term conditions (including mental health problems) and unpaid carers. Group workshops cover a wide variety of topics about looking after your mind, body and spirit, plus there will be practical yoga, mindfulness and creative sessions too. The sessions can help with: depression

2016-11-07T12:39:55+00:007th November 2016|News, Partnership|

Partnership In Action – Touchstone Community Support Team and Leeds South Community Mental Health Team – Part 3

Continued from Partnership In Action Part 2 As my 2 months shadowing CMHT have come to and end, it seems fitting to relay all I have done, achieved, learnt and the great outcomes that have come from co-production between CST and CMHT. An overview of my time seems a great way to start off, which included supported the team during MDT (Multidisciplinary Team) meetings every Monday morning. I also attended

2020-04-17T10:20:10+01:0031st October 2016|Blog, News, Partnership|

Partnership In Action – Touchstone Community Support Team and Leeds South Community Mental Health Team – Part 2

Continued from Partnership In Action Part 1 A further update from the CMHT Partnership, from Anna Simpson: 11th July -  Attended the team meeting, discussed first were Causes for Concern,.  The workers discussed SUs who are unwell at the moment and need flagging – similar to the CST Red/Orange/Green Traffic Lights. In the meeting are the clinical leads and the consultants so workers can get their opinions and extra support

2020-04-17T10:20:09+01:0031st October 2016|Blog, News, Partnership|