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 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|

The Case for Sustainable Funding for Women’s Centres

A report from the UK Women’s Budget Group Click here to read the summary report Click here to read the full report The report’s key findings include: A place at a Woman’s Centre ranges from £1,223 to £4,125 per woman depending on needs, whilst a place in prison costs £52,121 It is estimated that £1.7bn is spent on issues linked to female offending, whilst in the long term £2.84 is

2020-10-23T14:56:09+01:0023rd October 2020|News|

Nicole’s Black History Month Vlog

For the last few months as part of the Black Lives Matter movement we have been having a lot of conversations, discussions and meetings about what this means to us as individuals and practitioners. Nicole Connor, Touchstone staff: “A few years ago I started my own journey of understanding and reflection on racism and white privilege. In the last few months amidst the murder of George Floyd and the resurgence

2020-10-19T15:49:28+01:0019th October 2020|Black History Month, Blog, News, Video|

WY-FI Education Training and Employment team take forward legacy in a new partnership with West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion Service

The West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI) Education, Training and Employment (ETE) Team are pursuing a new partnership in collaboration with West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion Service. The pilot will give the ETE team, which will continue to be delivered by Touchstone, the opportunity to continue supporting people with multiple needs, as part of the West Yorkshire Liaison and Diversion (L&D) service. This service provides support for people in contact with

2020-10-12T14:31:15+01:0012th October 2020|News, Service News, Yorkshire|

Webinar with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall on Wednesday 21st October for #BlackHistoryMonth

Webinar with Dr Emily Zobel Marshall on Wednesday 21st October 11am to 12.30 pm. Black History Month was started to showcase the amazing contributions of Black people and communities from across the world.  In Britain, our culture has been enriched and our society has been made stronger because of the people who travelled here to build new lives in the UK, as well as the achievements and contributions of their

2020-10-12T10:53:55+01:0012th October 2020|Black History Month, Events, News, Partnership|

Mentally Healthy Leeds Featured in Centre for Mental Health Report

Mentally Healthy Leeds achieves recognition in a report published by the Centre for Mental Health which examines the initiatives of nine local authorities that are rising to the challenges presented by mental health in their communities. Read the full report Our place: local authorities and the public’s mental health here.

2020-10-02T16:31:30+01:002nd October 2020|News|