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New Service: Your Space

We are really excited to announce the launch of a new service in Leeds, Your Space, which will start on the 1st April 2019. The new service will deliver and promote a range of activities, awareness campaigns and signposting for people who live in LS8, LS9, LS10 and LS11. We will work with individuals and communities to develop and identify the tools, skills and know-how to live happy, healthy lives,

2019-04-04T16:36:16+01:004th April 2019|Community, News, Partnership|

Touchstone “truly excels” as an employer

Yorkshire mental health charity Touchstone celebrates achieving coveted three star accreditation in the annual Sunday Times Best Companies to Work survey in recognition of its extraordinary levels of employee engagement. The charity, ranked 8th in The Sunday Times Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2019, was also given the Discovering Potential award for the third year running and the Giving Something Back award for first time. This is the seventh

2019-03-11T16:04:51+00:0011th March 2019|Awards, Community, Diversity, Equality and Diversity, News, Yorkshire|

Leeds’ Well-Bean café offering a lifeline to people during a mental health crisis in South Leeds

Touchstone, in partnership with Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, is building on the success of the Well-Bean café in Lincoln Green, with the opening of a second café in South Leeds later this month. The Lincoln Green centre, close to St James’ Hospital, has had 4,000 people through its doors since opening in November 2016. Now the two mental health charities are extending the service to a second location at

2019-01-22T13:27:38+00:0022nd January 2019|Crisis support, News, Partnership|

Touchstone in Stonewall's Top 100 Employers for 2019

Touchstone has been placed 20th in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers, which lists the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff. The list is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision. Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of

2019-01-21T13:20:03+00:0021st January 2019|Equality and Diversity, LGBT*, News|

Update: Community Based Mental Health Service

After running a competition at the end of last year a name has now been chosen for the new Community Based Mental Health Service which goes live from 1st April 2019. The service will be called Live Well Leeds and was a suggestion made by an existing service user. Live Well Leeds has been funded to deliver support for 5 years with Touchstone as the lead provider. To deliver this new

2019-01-09T15:47:34+00:009th January 2019|CBMHS, News|

U Choose Projects Bringing Communities Together

25 new projects, groups and activities to bring people together are getting off the ground in local communities across Leeds, as part of the ‘U Choose’ project being delivered by Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+). The projects are all being led by local residents, who presented their ideas at a series of three voting events the end of November and beginning of December at St Lukes Church in Beeston Hill,

2020-04-17T11:01:03+01:0013th December 2018|News|

Community Based Mental Health Service

In Leeds the current local authority funded mental health services have been the same for a long time. The commissioner for all of these services has asked them to work together more closely to improve the way we support people who need help with their mental health. Touchstone is delighted and excited to be leading a new partnership. Existing mental health services commissioned by Leeds City Council delivered by Touchstone,

2020-04-17T11:00:57+01:0013th December 2018|CBMHS, News|

International Volunteers Day: 5th December

The Touchstone Volunteers Project is very open, diverse and service user (SU) friendly.  Not only do our SU benefit from the contributions of volunteers, but some also take on the role themselves.   Volunteers have the opportunity to volunteer in a number of roles across Touchstone and with partner organisations. Some of our volunteers are befrienders for SU's. This has resulted in SU's reporting an increase in attending social activities, a

2020-04-17T11:00:41+01:005th December 2018|Case Study, Community, Events, News, Volunteering|

Guides to life in Leeds for migrants and asylum seekers

Where do you go if you move to Leeds from another country, and need support with housing, money, finding work or your health? If you’ve fled your home country, who can support your first steps as a refugee? Two new websites have been launched in Leeds to help answer these questions, and more, for people making a new life here: The Transition Guide is designed to be a simple guide

2018-10-05T13:30:21+01:005th October 2018|News|