#BAMEOver – A Statement for the UK

Touchstone is aware of the current conversations about the use of the term BAME and other terminology that serves to "other" Black communities and people of South East Asian heritage. We are grateful for the invaluable work of Inc Arts and are pleased to share the outcome of their #BAMEOver survey. Touchstone is currently reviewing how our staff describe  the communities we serve and this statement will be a useful

2020-09-30T11:46:39+01:0030th September 2020|News|

What the numbers tell us about our service users at Touchstone

In 2019/20 a total of 9657 service users were supported by Touchstone services with a total of 8374 services users referred into services. On any given day Touchstone has about 4,000 (3963 on 31st March 2020) active/live service users. Gender: Slightly more men were supported than women during 2019/20. In terms of referrals 54% constituted men compared to 45% women. 54% Male 45% Women

2020-07-15T15:41:40+01:0015th July 2020|News|

Leeds Coproduction Conference 2020 pre-recorded webinars

Click on the links below to see the pre-recorded presentations. WEST YORKSHIRE FINDING INDEPENDENCE (WY-FI) – ROAD 2 RECOVERY EXHIBITION A co-produced arts exhibition about experiences of homelessness, addiction, reoffending and mental health. Presented by: West Yorkshire Finding Independence   COPRODUCTION IN COMPLEX REHABILITATION A short presentation on the process and challenges of using coproduction in a complex rehabilitation environment. Presented by: John Kerslake and Sofia Haouar, Complex Rehabilitation

2020-07-08T09:14:56+01:008th July 2020|Coproduction, News|

Leeds Coproduction Conference – Wednesday 8th July, 2020

It’s with great pleasure that we would like to invite you to participate in our 5th Coproduction Conference for Leeds on 8th July! This year we will have a virtual conference, due to the restrictions currently imposed as a result of COVID-19. On the day, there will be a mix of groups, presentations, webinars and creative space to make the day fun, interactive and, of course, coproduced! There will

2020-07-02T14:29:37+01:002nd July 2020|Coproduction, News|

Touchstone on BBC Look North – helping to feed 400 families #VolunteersWeek2020

We were featured along side our partners New Wortley Community Centre on BBC Look North last night where we discussed our Touchstone Loves food Project. In the past week we have helped over 400 families by purchasing food and delivering it all over East and South Leeds.  50% of people receiving emergency food parcels are from BAME communities.  Our staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to buy, pack and

2020-06-05T11:45:11+01:005th June 2020|News, Volunteering|

#Touchstone Loves Food – Be kind and generous to others – it makes you feel good!

Touchstone is working with people and partners to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week (#MHAW) with a whole Week of Kindness.  Working with Mindwell, Forum Central and others, we have set aside Friday 22nd May for being kind and generous to each other.  At Touchstone we have been staggered by the generosity already shown by our staff, volunteers and supporters during the Covid-19 Crisis and we want to say a

2020-05-22T10:09:16+01:0022nd May 2020|News|

Touchstone is a member of the Yorkshire and Humber #ThisIsMe Mental Health Campaign

Touchstone is a member of the Yorkshire and Humber #ThisIsMe Campaign which will be formally launched in our region on 23rd October in an event at Leeds Civic Hall.  This is a presentation developed especially for Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW20 by the Lord Mayor of London’s Office which explains what #ThisIsMe is all about and the accompanying #GreenRibbon campaign. Click here to see This is Me - What is

2020-05-12T16:41:38+01:007th May 2020|Mental Health Awareness Week, News|

Touchstone’s vision is to inspire communities and transform lives.  We are supporting the community, but we can’t do it on our own. 

Please help us stop hunger during the Covid-19 crisis by fundraising or making a donation here. Many of the people and families we support are finding it difficult or impossible to get to food banks.  They are hungry, isolated and unwell. Your support for Touchstone is never more needed #nevermoreneeded. With a £25 donation, service users who are self isolating and are very vulnerable will have an essential food

2020-04-27T09:53:02+01:0027th April 2020|Community, Food, News|

Touchstone COVID-19 August 2020 Update

This is an update summary position on Touchstone’s support and services.  If you would like to get further information please email ABCD (Leeds): Asset-based community development in Leeds are still open and offering regular check-ins & mentoring with Community Builders via WhatsApp or Skype, catch ups & opportunities for local residents to stay connected to each other while maintaining social distancing. More information here. Ask 4 Advocacy (Kirklees): We

2020-08-20T15:23:15+01:006th April 2020|News|

Touchstone COVID-19 update

Touchstone’s aim is to continue to provide vital support and services with people, in the way that they would prefer, throughout the COVID 19 pandemic.  We understand that service users and our staff will be feeling anxious and vulnerable at this time.  Working with partners, Touchstone managers have developed well thought out plans for each of our services and teams. Touchstone understands that the need for our mental health and

2020-04-02T13:28:41+01:0018th March 2020|News|