Touchstone's fourth year in the Sunday Times top 100

Each year since 2013, Touchstone has been listed in the 100 best not-for-profit organisations to work for by the Sunday Times. We've once again made the list for 2016 - we'll find our our position at the award ceremony on 24th February. We'll be hoping to see another improvement in our ranking, having gone from number 72 in 2013, to 59 in 2014 and then number 32 last year. The

2020-04-17T10:09:11+01:0029th January 2016|Awards, News|

Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

Touchstone are delighted that we have once again made it into the top 100 of Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index - a recognition of our work to ensure that staff and job applicants find Touchstone to be a safe and supportive environment. Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: “Touchstone and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year. We have had more submissions

2020-04-17T10:08:48+01:0019th January 2016|Awards, Diversity, News|

"Understanding equality means we are better at what we do"

As Touchstone found out that we had risen to number 19 in Stonewall''s Top 100 employers (having entered the list at number 91 a year ago), it was also announced that CEO Alison Lowe had been named as Stonewall's Senior Champion 2015 - recognising the role she's played in promoting LGBT equality both in the organisation and in the community. The following piece by Laura Whateley appeared in The Times on

2020-04-16T17:57:44+01:0015th January 2015|Awards, Diversity, News|

Touchstone CEO Alison Lowe Wins the Prestigious Forward Ladies Business Woman of the Year Award!

Congratulations to our Chief Executive Alison Lowe who has just won the prestigious Forward Ladies Business Woman of 2014 award, in the Not for Profit category.   The results have been announced earlier today on Friday 28 November.   Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards is an annual competition that recognises achievements of women in leadership positions across all business sectors in Yorkshire and North East.  Well done Alison, you are truly inspirational!

2020-04-16T17:56:17+01:0028th November 2014|Awards, News|

Touchstone chief up for award

Touchstone's chief executive Alison Lowe is one of a group of inspirational women from Yorkshire and the North East who have been shortlisted for the Women in Business Awards organised by Forward Ladies - a support organisation for women in business. Alison has been nominated in the Not For Profit category, along with Sandra Howard from Fable and Jodie Marshall from Mind Apart Theatre Company. The winners will be announced

2020-04-16T17:52:25+01:0020th October 2014|Awards, News|

Touchstone goes for Gold – and gets it

Touchstone is delighted to announce we are an Investors in People Gold organisation. During a rigorous assessment of our policies, strategies, training and development over 4 days in October, IiP found that Touchstone had evidence to support every indicator of excellence at the gold standard and that we had staff whose commitment was second to none with 100% of staff scoring top marks in this category. Touchstone’s expertise in equality

2020-04-16T17:52:16+01:0013th October 2014|Awards, News|

Touchstone builds on success as top employer

The Sunday Times survey of best not-for-profit organisations to work for, this year lists Touchstone at number 59 (a significant rise from our placing of 72 last year). The results are due to be published in a special supplement on Sunday 16th March. Only one other West Yorkshire based organisation made it in to the top 100. People left isolated and bereft were the inspiration for Touchstone’s founding back in

2020-04-16T17:47:46+01:003rd March 2014|Awards, News|

Touchstone is a Stonewall Top 100 Employer!

At a star-studded champagne reception held at the Tate Modern on 15th January, Touchstone gained entry to the Stonewall Top 100 Employers’ list for 2014, 4 years after becoming Stonewall Diversity Champions. Touchstone is the first ever local charity to be awarded the accolade of being amongst the UK’s top gay-friendly employers, previous winners usually being large public or private sector companies such as Leeds City Council, Goldman Sachs, Ernst

2020-04-16T17:47:43+01:0027th January 2014|Awards, Diversity, News|

Award winning community development work from Touchstone's Kimberley Saggu

We are thrilled to announce that one of Touchstone’s Black and Minority Ethnic Community Development Workers, Kimberley Saggu, has won a Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust Award.  The annual Trust Awards offer staff and members the chance to recognise and celebrate the talented people working and volunteering for the Trust. Kimberley has worked tirelessly with colleague Laura Hadley from LYPFT’s forensic service to support people to establish effective links

2020-04-16T17:47:38+01:0011th September 2013|Awards, News|

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 Care. The Migrant Community Organiser Programme has so far trained more than 23 community activists

2020-04-16T17:40:58+01:0029th September 2011|Awards, News, Partnership|