‘Parity of Esteem’ is essentially: ‘Valuing mental health equally with physical health’. More fully, parity of esteem means that, when compared with physical healthcare, mental healthcare is characterised by: Equal access to the most effective and safest care and treatment Equal efforts to improve the quality of care The allocation of time, effort and resources in proportion to need Equal status within healthcare education and practice Equally high aspirations for service users;
Touchstone’s vision is to inspire communities and to transform lives. Over our 30 plus years of operating across West Yorkshire this aspiration has led us to focus on the hopes, experiences and outcomes of our most diverse communities, as experience shows that these communities are most often the most excluded, marginalised and overlooked. These reports will hopefully go some way to ensuring the rights and entitlements of Roma men and Black women born out
Touchstone's Community Development Service has produced this video to explain the work of the Migrant Access Point project, empowering community members to improve access for their communities to services in Leeds. Migrant Access Point Project in 4 minutes from Touchstone on Vimeo.
The report is available from the Community Development Foundation website.
After the enormous success of our last post analysing the 2011 Leeds Census Arfan Hanif from the Community Development team has crunched yet more data to explain the ethnic makeup of each electoral ward in Leeds. This kind of information is really important for local services trying to work out who lives on their doorstep, so they can reach out and engage them effectively. As usual, you should feel free to
Touchstone and PAFRAS collaborated on action research project last year, looking at the mental health needs and experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds. We are proud to publish the final report - which contains the findings and actions of the action learning sets, and priorities for action, based on analysis of lived experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Leeds. The findings, conclusions and recommendations for action can
The Census took place on 27 March 2011 with a response rate of 94%. The first released data was published on 11 December 2012 by the Office of National Statistics. The BME Community Development Team at Touchstone have published this brief analysis of local Census data related to ethnicity, religion and faith to help you make sense of the bigger picture. Please feel free to use this information wherever you wish. You don't need
The Department of Health came to Touchstone and asked how they might publicise delivering race equality amongst the Black Caribbean communities of Leeds. Touchstone said that the best people to ask were members of the communities themselves. So this musical collaboration took place. Saga and Rap Conscious Productions wrote and produced a track called “Sectioned” - a hard-hitting story of what can happen when help comes too late. It
Touchstone/NHS Leeds Health Consultation 2008
WYLDA (West Yorkshire Learning and Development Agency) worked with partners, including Touchstone to produce this Equality Resource Pack (December 2010). Download the report...