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Black History Month Poem by Enas

A Dream We call for freedom But She isn’t present today We scream loud like banshees But freedom didn’t live on our streets Painted like a dreamer on crack Addicted to optimism. But this Isn’t A dream And there is no rehab for nightmares When they follow you everywhere. Imprisoned Racists stealthily haunts us Like a cancerous tumour That takes your breath away Like Taeniasis Feeding Every breath you take

2020-10-30T10:43:10+00:0030th October 2020|Black History Month, Blog|

Anti Racism Lending Library

Black History Month has sparked some great conversations about racism and white privilege during October. Some people have moved from conversation to action. Touchstone set up it’s own anti-racism library for staff as part of our BLM commitments, if you would like to support Danni’s campaign to set one up for people to borrow from in Leeds, here is the fundraising page - https://gf.me/u/y2av3x  

2020-10-23T14:36:01+01:0023rd October 2020|Black History Month, Blog|

Nicole’s Black History Month Vlog

For the last few months as part of the Black Lives Matter movement we have been having a lot of conversations, discussions and meetings about what this means to us as individuals and practitioners. Nicole Connor, Touchstone staff: “A few years ago I started my own journey of understanding and reflection on racism and white privilege. In the last few months amidst the murder of George Floyd and the resurgence

2020-10-19T15:49:28+01:0019th October 2020|Black History Month, Blog, News, Video|

How to cook Ackee and Saltfish with Mabel Stephenson for Black History Month

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sdum5Gzmu98 Simone’s mum, Mabel Stephenson guides us through a cooking tutorial of Ackee and Saltfish, one of that national dishes of Jamaica. Since the pandemic Mabel has been using her love of cooking Caribbean food to bring something new to her local community and once a month does a ‘Cook up’ for neighbours on a nearby residential street. This monthly event has bought these neighbours closer together and has given

2020-10-14T15:32:56+01:0014th October 2020|Black History Month, Blog|

#BlackHistoryMonth Blog by Paul Parker

My name Is Paul Parker, I’m a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy therapist with Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service, Touchstone. This is the first occasion that I have contributed towards Black History month. In previous years, I have dipped in and out of events as an observer but I haven’t known much about where the movement came from. I remember one year, as a family we enjoyed an African heritage based fashion show

2020-10-13T11:35:16+01:0012th October 2020|Black History Month, Blog|

Webinar with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall on Wednesday 21st October for #BlackHistoryMonth

Webinar with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall on Wednesday 21st October 11am to 12.30 pm. Black History Month was started to showcase the amazing contributions of Black people and communities from across the world.  In Britain, our culture has been enriched and our society has been made stronger because of the people who travelled here to build new lives in the UK, as well as the achievements and contributions of their

2020-10-12T10:53:55+01:0012th October 2020|Black History Month, Events, News, Partnership|

What does Black History Month 2020 mean to me?

My name is Debbie Roe, I’m a psychotherapist working for the mental health charity and 3rd Sector voluntary organisation Touchstone Leeds in partnership with the Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service. I’ve worked for Touchstone for over almost 10 years. When I joined I knew it was a diverse and forward looking organisation. I didn’t know however just how transformative it would be for me personally to work there. As a white

2020-10-08T15:11:25+01:008th October 2020|Black History Month, Blog|