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

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


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Support Centre Contacts

Yaseen Baz Mental Health Support Worker

Laura Giles Support Centre Manager

Nazia Hussain Mental Health Support Worker

Nafisa Miraf Support Services Manager

0113 219 2727

Joanne Ryan Mental Health Support Worker

Fran Tredget Administrator