On Thursday 26th January, the 2016 UK Employee Engagement Awards in association with People Insight, announced its winners - the companies that put workforce engagement at the heart of their business strategy. And, of course, Touchstone was in there, scooping the award in the Inclusion and Diversity category. We were recognised for our allies programme "Pink Pals", which involves staff throughout the organisation in supporting equality and inclusion for LGBT+ staff.
This year, LGBT History Month - celebrated in February every year - will look at Citizenship, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and Law as it marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. The overall aim of LGBT History month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of the public. This is done by: Increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay,
Once again, Touchstone has been placed in the Stonewall top 100 employers - highlighting out commitment to maintaining diversity and challenging prejudice. The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2017, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff The Workplace Equality Index is free to enter for any employer Over 430 employers submitted entries to the 2017
Best Start Peer Support Touchstone is delighted to announce that we will be working with parents and carers in South and East Leeds over the next three years to deliver a brand new peer support service. Working in partnership with voluntary sector organisation Women’s Health Matters(WHM) and Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust’s Early Start Service, we will enable pregnant women and parents/carers of babies aged 0-2 to support each other.
East Leeds Health for All will be continuing to offer a weekly programme of activities throughout 2017. Regular groups include: Monday Walking Group - Call Sarah on 0113 248 4880. Magic Mondays - arts, crafts, cooking, knitting, sewing, internet. Call Wendy or Maxine on 0113248 4880 or 0113 240 4196. Tuesday Plan 2 Change - support and advice for people who want to change their drinking habits. Call Kim or Wendy
Mental Health Drop-in *EVERY FRIDAY FROM THE 6TH JAN 2017* Room 5 in the Leeds Civic Hall from 12.30pm until 2.30pm Struggling with your mental wellbeing, feeling isolated and alone? Come along to the Civic Hall, Fridays from 12.30pm until 2pm for a cuppa, chat and to meet others. We can support with: Mental health staff to listen and offer advice and signposting. Practical support with forms and phone calls
In 2017 we look forward to building partnerships with local organisations ‘St Gemma’s Hospice’ and ‘Leeds involving people’. Together we are hoping to under-stand why elderly Sikhs aren't accessing their services. We hope to involve you and your families to take part in some research so that local services can be tailored to benefit your needs. Taking part in this research will help ensure that effective support is available to everyone
Cha Da Cup will continue on Monday 9th January from 10.00am-12.30pm to support and provide enriched experiences to over 70’s, and the socially isolated and lonely, over 55’s. We will continue to work with partnerships and volunteer drivers to offer transport to those who are not able to access this group. This group remains free to attend, with a small charge of £2.50 to those that need help with transport.
Sufyan Gulam Ismail is an award-winning Serial Entrepreneur and Philanthropist and was recently ranked amongst the 500 most influential Muslims in the World. He graduated from the University of Manchester and then started his career training with Deloitte. Sufyan has built numerous businesses over the years specialising in financial services, private equity and real estate. His businesses have won numerous awards including ‘UK’s fastest growing company', NW entrepreneur of the year and have been listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Fast Track corporate listings. His
It is with great excitement that we’re letting you know that Touchstone has, for the 5th year running, been named as one of The Sunday Times 100 Best Not for Profit Organisations to Work For 2017, moving up from a 2 star to 3 star rating. This recognises our commitment to supporting staff through training, supervisions, flexible working practices and an understanding approach to the diverse lives and circumstances of our