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Vacancy: Urgent Care Youth Worker

Urgent Care Youth Worker – Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield NJC Scale Points 12 – 17, starting at £26,421 pa / pro rata Plus, unsociable hours payment (on top of basic salary) of £2.00 per hour from 9.00pm – 2:00am ­­1x 22.5 hours 3x 30 hours available This post is fixed term for up to 12 months. Must be available to work days, evenings, nights & weekends on a rota as

2024-05-22T10:39:49+01:0017th May 2024|News, Vacancies|

Vacancy: Liaison and Diversion Calderdale Team Coordinator

NJC Scale Points 27 – 30, starting at £35,745 pa/pro rata    HOURS: 37 Hours per week This role is permanent. Touchstone are one of the delivery partners for the West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion Service commissioned by NHSE. The current contract to deliver the Liaison and Diversion Service will end on 31st March 2025. The contract to deliver the service from 1st April 2025 will be determined through

2024-05-17T15:37:29+01:0016th May 2024|News, Vacancies|

“There’s a Huge Gap in Services that Meet their Needs”: Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service Calls on ITV Calendar News

On Monday 8th August, Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service featured on ITV calendar news to call for more funding for BME-specific support and care for those living with dementia. Here is a summary of the report, with the full link below:   The segment includes clips from the service’s weekly Hamari Yaadain (Our Memories) support cafes for South Asian people living with dementia. The café runs in five South Asian languages,

2022-08-09T16:33:26+01:009th August 2022|Blog, Dementia, News|

Co-production is ‘language of the system’, Touchstone CEO says – with Arfan Hanif

In May 2022 Arfan Hanif was involved in a national panel discussion on Co-production with number of national Charity leaders in attendance. Arfan stated: "When we say that co-production is an equal relationship – no it isn’t. We’re there to serve our communities. They’re the leaders – so that’s the reason I don’t like the term co-production, because it’s the language of the system" Please follow the link below, to

2022-05-27T16:14:39+01:0027th May 2022|Coproduction, News|

Vacancy: Bank/Casual Crisis Support Opportunities

Service Overview Our Crisis Support Service, known as “Here For You” in Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, and “Rotherham Safe Space” in Rotherham, provides evening support to individuals who are struggling, or may have thoughts of self-harm or suicide. The service operates 7 days a week, 365 days a year In Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, and 4 days a week in Rotherham. The service offers a non-clinical, safe space with

2024-02-23T15:47:16+00:0022nd April 2022|News, Vacancies|

Touchstone ranks at 20th place on Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers List for LGBTQ+ people and achieves a Gold Award!

Touchstone places at 20 in Stonewall list of Top Employers for LGBTQ+ people Touchstone was also placed second in their sector and achieved a Gold Award for their commitment and efforts in continuing to be an LGBTQ+ employer. Stonewall’s Top 100 employers List ranks organisations on their efforts and commitment to creating welcoming environments for their lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer staff. Organisations are ranked by a set of

2022-02-23T11:49:34+00:0023rd February 2022|LGBT*, News|

Local men’s network celebrates funding and national award nomination.

A local network supporting men’s health is celebrating this week having been awarded over £300,000 by the National Lottery, as well as being nominated for a national Project of the Year award. Men’s Health Unlocked (MHU), a partnership between four local charitable bodies (Barca-Leeds, Forum Central, the Orion Partnership and Touchstone) and Leeds City Council, has received two years’ worth of funding from the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund, to

2022-02-02T15:15:47+00:002nd February 2022|Awards, Community, News, Partnership|

Charity Awards Roundtable: Better by co-design

A few months ago, Arfan was involved in a national roundtable discussion hosted by the Civil Society discussing 'Co-Design' and 'Co-Production' and what these terms mean in reality. See below an excerpt from the article: After this year’s Charity Awards, Charity Finance invited a group of charities whose applications highlighted their commitment to co-production and co-design to share their experiences and learning. Tania Mason listened in. A strong theme that

2022-01-17T11:26:19+00:0017th January 2022|Awards, Community, Coproduction, News, Touchstone Loves Food|

Say hello to Touchstone’s new Senior Leadership Team!

I am delighted to announce that Touchstone have recently appointed 2 new Operations Directors (Dave Pickard and Sophie Hailwood) and Kathryn Hart as Deputy CEO to the Senior Leadership Team.  Kathryn will continue to retain her HR Director role.  After a period of significant change in senior leadership positions including my appointment as CEO in August 2021, Sharon Brown’s appointment as Business Development Director in January 2021 and Zoe Bridge’s

2022-01-13T12:45:45+00:0013th January 2022|News|

Touchstone’s former CEO, Alison Lowe, has been awarded an OBE

Alison Lowe, Touchstone’s previous Chief Executive Officer has been awarded an OBE for her services to mental health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic. Individuals from the worlds of sport, music, social care, the local community and local government are among those who have been awarded a string of honours in the Queen’s annual list, which recognises those who have gone above and beyond in their field and made a

2022-01-07T13:41:02+00:007th January 2022|Awards, News|