Wellbeing @ Work 2021

Leeds Mindful Employer Network is hosting a FREE week-long series of digital events around wellbeing at work. The event is for everyone – business owners, managers,  staff, volunteers across Leeds and West Yorkshire. They have a fantastic range of speakers on board to explore: how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on workplace mental health how to maintain mentally healthy workplaces in an increasingly uncertain environment how to use learning

2021-02-19T12:30:34+00:0019th February 2021|News|

It’s Ok Not To Be OK

In November 2020, Barclays gave Touchstone Loves Food £100k so that we could keep feeding people and supporting their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.  As part of our partnership, Barclays are helping us to get out the message that It’s Ok Not To Be OK and that Mental Heath is everyone’s business. If you – or someone you know – are struggling this year, please ask for help.  The

2021-02-02T12:27:27+00:0028th January 2021|News, Partnership, Time to Talk|

Time to Talk Coffee Morning with Anti-Stigma Leeds

Anti-Stigma Leeds is bringing together our city's mental health advocates to celebrate Time to Talk Day with this virtual coffee morning. Time to Talk Day is an initiative from Time to Change, a social movement led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness that aims to end mental health stigma and discrimination. It is a day to get the nation talking about mental health. The theme for Time to Talk Day

2021-01-27T13:56:41+00:0027th January 2021|News, Time to Talk|

Safe Haven – Leeds first 24/7 Non-Medical Residential Crisis Service

Safe Haven is an exciting new development for Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service and Touchstone as the first of our crisis services to be open 24 / 7. Unlike LSLCS’ other services (which are all self-referral), Safe Haven will be accessed via Leeds NHS Crisis Resolution and Intensive Support Service, and the Older People’s Support and Intensive Home Treatment Team (for those aged over 65). Leeds Safe Haven will be

2021-02-04T12:30:19+00:0026th January 2021|News|

Coronavirus vaccine Q&A in five South Asian languages

Research suggests that ethnic minorities in the UK are more reluctant to take the new coronavirus vaccine. The UK was the first country to approve the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The first batch of 800,000 doses began to be administered on Tuesday 8 December. The mass Covid-19 vaccination programme began with the elderly, health workers, and carers. Up to four million more doses are expected by the end of

2021-01-25T11:42:25+00:0025th January 2021|News|

Goodbye from Jess Parker

When I started working at Touchstone in August 2008 I was basically a failed support worker.  I had tried really hard to have the patience and resilience needed to support people, but had never managed to pull it off.   Having the role of Business Development Director enabled me to carry out my ambitions to combat injustice, always have hope and counter the brutal structures that pervade society, but do it

2021-01-19T18:35:55+00:0019th January 2021|News|

Business Barclays donates £100,000 to charity providing food and mental health support during the pandemic

The good work being undertaken by Touchstone Loves Food, run by the charity Touchstone, has been recognised by Barclays, which is donating £100,000 to the project so that it can continue through 2021. Through the first phase of the pandemic, generous donations from many individuals, including staff members, councillor funds and businesses, enabled Touchstone to supply food parcels to those most in need and to use this contact to talk

2021-01-11T16:51:02+00:0011th January 2021|News|

Touchstone’s Annual Celebration 2020

"Covid-19 has affected us all in many ways and our Annual Celebration is one of the events that has been impacted. The Annual Celebration is our opportunity to shine a light on the amazing work of our staff and teams across Touchtone by amplifying the voices of the people who have used these services during the year. We have been determined that the hard work and commitment of our

2020-12-03T17:15:43+00:003rd December 2020|Annual Celebration, News|

New city-wide network to tackle men’s health inequalities begins in Leeds #InternationalMensDay

Free laptops to get isolated men online, shopkeepers giving health advice to their male customers, and a new Leeds-based men’s magazine, are just some of the aspects of an exciting city-wide men’s health project starting this month in Leeds, coordinated by Forum Central. “Men’s Health Unlocked”, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, promises to keep Leeds at the forefront of Men’s health nationwide by uniting the different strands of

2020-11-19T12:18:44+00:0019th November 2020|News|