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|

Touchstone’s Annual Review 2021

It has been another tough 12 months where we have continued to deliver much needed mental health and wellbeing services to our diverse local communities in Yorkshire. Despite all the challenges related to the Covid-19 Pandemic I am proud to say Touchstone remains a beacon for positive change where the voice and needs of our service users and communities is at the heart of everything we do. As the

2021-12-13T11:36:26+00:0030th November 2021|Annual Report, News|

My Plan – New Perinatal Mental Health Service for Women in Bradford starting November

We are excited to announce that we have received funding to provide a new Perinatal service in Bradford. The My Plan Perinatal Service is funded with a grant from NHS Charities Together, the national charity partner of the NHS. The service will support Women in Bradford who are suffering with perinatal mental health issues as a result of a recent pregnancy or in the postpartum year or as a result

2021-11-12T12:17:02+00:0012th November 2021|Families, News|

Islamophobia Awareness Month (IAM) November 2021

What is IAM? IAM began in 2012 to deconstruct and challenge the stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to create a much-needed workplace voice and counter narrative. This annual campaign aims to work with different organisations across society including Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC), local councils, journalists, local media outlets, councillors, local MPs, mosques, universities, schools, community organisations and others to raise awareness of the pernicious threat of Islamophobia, ways

2021-11-04T14:35:39+00:004th November 2021|News|

Leeds LGBT+ Minds Community Wellbeing Festival

Leeds LGBT+ Minds are excited to announce our Community Wellbeing Festival, co-hosted by Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service and Trans Leeds. The festival will take place virtually and in-person between 29th November and 4th December 2021. This event is open to anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+, lives or works in Leeds and has experience of using or needing mental health services. Join us to share your experiences and to talk about

2021-11-03T12:23:03+00:003rd November 2021|News|