Support Centre

Service User at Touchstone's Support CentreWho does it support?

  • Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people who live in Leeds
  • People with mental health needs
  • People who care for those with mental ill health
  • People at risk of developing mental ill health

What does the Support Centre do?

  • Has a person-centred approach
  • Enables people to have a better quality of life in the community
  • Enables individuals to access other services that aid recovery
  • Increases individuals’ levels of independence and confidence
  • Holistic approach to addressing needs – health and well-being, social, cultural, educational, spiritual, housing and employment
  • Jointly works with other agencies

 How is this achieved?

  • One to one support for those with greater needs who have a history of poor take up of services
  • Activities – such as complementary and creative therapies, exercise, day trips, walking, social events, separate men’s and women’s group, art group
  • Information provision
  • Drop-in
  • Staff are from similar backgrounds to the people we support
  • Staff fluent in community languages
  • Dementia Service
  • BME Carers Services

Weekly groups

We are currently not accepting referrals at this time.

For information on whats on at the Touchstone Support Centre from September 2017, download our Guide by clicking on the link:

What’s On Guide August 2018

BME self-harm support group (18+)

Service User 1:

“I first started attending the Touchstone Support Centre on 1st April 2016. I was made immediately welcomed. I also like the racial, religious and cultural diversity of the group. I love the women’s group on Tuesday.”
March 2018

Service User 2:

“Touchstone has given me a second chance. When I thought I had no hope, touchstone gave me the chance to change and build up my life again. Touchstone has been so patient with me and let me take my own time and just supported me at every step. I have decided to become a peer worker as I would like to give back and help other people that find themselves in the position I was once in.”
March 2018

Changes to the Support Centre

In Leeds the current local authority funded mental health services have been the same for a long time. The commissioner for all of these services has asked them to work together more closely to improve the way we support people who need help with their mental health. Touchstone is delighted and excited to be leading a new partnership. Existing mental health services commissioned by Leeds City Council delivered by Touchstone, Community Links and Leeds Mind will end 31st March 2019.

After running a competition at the end of last year a name has now been chosen for the new Community Based Mental Health Service which goes live from 1st April 2019. The service will be called Live Well Leeds and was a suggestion made by an existing service user. Live Well Leeds has been funded to deliver support for 5 years with Touchstone as the lead provider. To deliver this new service we will be working in partnership with Community Links, Leeds Mind, Advonet, Basis, BHA Skyline, BID, Carers Leeds, GATE, Getawaygirls, Health for all, Hyde Park Source, Leeds Irish Health and Homes, LS14 Trust, New Wortley Community Centre, Oblong, Shantona, Space 2 and St.Georges Crypt.

More information about changes to existing day services in Leeds can be found here;

http://www.leedsmind.org.uk/changes-to-touchstone-leeds-mind-and-community-links-mental-health-services/

There are still opportunities to get involved with the Live Well Leeds at monthly service user focus groups during the mobilisation period. The next meeting will be held at Stockshill hub, LS12 2DJ on Thursday 10th January 1-3pm. Please email yourviews@touchstonesupport.org.uk to confirm attendance and request any additional support to attend such as an interpreter. The following meetings will be held on Tuesday 19th February 12-2pm at Touchstone House, LS11 6JU and Wednesday 6th March 10-12 at Community Links, LS14 1AB. Any further queries regarding the Live Well Leeds service can be sent to yourviews@touchstonesupport.org.uk.

Links to other services;

https://www.commlinks.co.uk/?service=community-options

http://www.leedsmind.org.uk/community-based-mental-health-service-service-user-faq-newsletter-focus-group-dates/

Service User FAQ documents:

1st SERVICE USER FAQ

2ND SERVICE USER FAQ


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Support Centre Contacts

Yvonne Tennyson Administrator

Karla Green Administrator

Yaseen Baz Mental Health Support Worker

Laura Giles CBMHS Mobilisation Manager

Nafisa Miraf Support Services Manager

0113 219 2727

Joanne Ryan Mental Health Support Worker