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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|

New Board Opportunities with St Anne’s Community Services

St Anne’s started as a Leeds homeless charity in 1971 and has grown to become a £42m charity supporting vulnerable individuals with complex needs across the North of England. Their 1,300 staff members are committed to supporting over 1,600 clients individuals with learning disabilities, mental health, substance misuse and homelessness issues. Led by Azra Kirkby, their new Chief Executive, the Senior Management Team is working with the Board of Trustees

2020-11-10T13:58:02+00:0010th November 2020|News, Partnership|

Perinatal Mental Health Peer Supporter Alliance

Perinatal Mental Health Peer Supporter Alliance is a group made up of individuals and organisations. We have an interest in continuing and improving Peer Support around perinatal mental health, in Leeds, by bringing everyone together and working in partnership. Peer supporters have lived experiences, making them an invaluable source of support for all parents in the perinatal period. We want to ensure parents can find accessible, safe and consistent, peer

2020-11-06T16:27:59+00:006th November 2020|News, Peer Support|

News Update from Project Freedom Leeds

Project Freedom have produced this latest update on where things are now for the overall project. We are Recruiting We are looking for an enthusiastic person to help us develop a survey questionnaire to engage and gather information from Leeds’s LGBT+ communities about housing choices that include care and extra-care facilities for older people. The full job description and application form are available on our website https://projectfreedomleeds.com/ and the closing

2020-11-03T13:06:45+00:003rd November 2020|LGBT*, News|

As the Covid Crisis continues #TouchstoneLovesFood can continue to keep people fed and well

Through the early stages of the pandemic, generous donations from many individuals including staff members, Councillors and businesses enabled Touchstone to supply food parcels to those most in need and to use this contact to talk to people about their mental health.  We would like to thank you all for enabling this essential work to happen. In the first 25 weeks you have helped deliver 133,623 meals to 720 different

2020-10-30T14:34:09+00:0030th October 2020|Food, News, Touchstone Loves Food|