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Report: Access and Experience of Mental Health Crisis Care Services in Leeds by Black and Minority Ethnic Communities

As part of the Leeds Crisis Care Concordat Action Plan for 2016/17, John Halsall of the Touchstone Community Development Service and Caroline Bamford of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust compiled some evidence about the experiences and patterns of use of the Leeds crisis care pathways by black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. To do this, John and Caroline reviewed data recorded by the statutory crisis services, and data

Latest newsletter from Sikh Elders Service

The latest newsletter from Sikh Elders Service is now out. This issue includes: SES will be holding a consultation for all service users on 6th November There's a fundraising Dinner and Dance on 13th October As Summer fades, there's some advice for getting ready for Winter The newsetter also contains information about ongoing projects, including Cha Da Cup, Bhoole Bisre Yaadein, Befriending and Silver Surfers To find out more, download the

2020-04-17T10:42:35+01:006th September 2017|Community, Downloads, News, Newsletter|

Touchstone featured in Stonewall's LGBT careers guide

Touchstone is more than proud to be featured in "Starting Out" a career guide published by Stonewall for LGBT+ job seekers and graduates. For many people entering the job market, it's hard to know how open to be about their sexual orientation. However, research from Stonewall shows that workers who are comfortable to be out at work also tend to be more satisfied with their job, the support from their manager and their

2020-04-17T10:20:04+01:0031st October 2016|Diversity, Downloads, LGBT*, News, Partnership|

Parity of Esteem for Mental and Physical Health

‘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;

2020-04-17T10:18:19+01:0016th August 2016|Blog, CDS Publications, Data and Statistics, Downloads|

Evaluation of community diabetes course

Seeking to improve diabetes awareness in the South Asian community (where the condition is particularly prevalent), Touchstone joined in partnership with Leeds Community Health NHS Trust to deliver Sadee Smile - an 8 week course to help people understand and manage the condition. 11 courses were run in a variety of venues around Leeds, by staff who were able to communicate with participants in their native languages. When the course

2020-04-17T10:18:04+01:002nd August 2016|Case Study, Diabetes, Downloads, News, Partnership|

Creating Dementia Friendly Performances

West Yorkshire Playhouse have just launched a guide for use by other theatres and touring companies on how to adapt shows to be more suitable for audiences who are living with dementia. The guide covers areas such as use of language, making the case for dementia friendly performances, knowing your audience and  running creative sessions with audience members. Members of Touchstone's Hamaari Yadein dementia cafe have attended and enjoyed dementia

2020-04-17T10:13:10+01:0020th May 2016|Dementia, Dementia Awareness Week, Downloads, News|

Sikh Elders Service Newsletter April 2016

You can now download the latest newsletter from Sikh Elders' Service. The newsletter includes information about: Plans for a Summer trip Cha Da Cup weekly drop in group Silver Surfers - computer and internet training Bhoolay Bisre Yaadein monthly music and social group Report on our Winter Warmth Wellbeing event Download here.

2020-04-17T10:12:22+01:003rd May 2016|Downloads, News, Newsletter|

The Mental Health Support Experiences in Leeds of Black Women and Roma Men, Born Outside of the UK

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

2020-04-17T10:10:37+01:0015th April 2016|Blog, CDS Publications, Diversity, Downloads, Partnership, Research|