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Black Inclusion Week: In conversation with Alison Lowe

As part of Black Inclusion Week ran by Leeds University, Touchstone Chief Executive Alison Lowe has taken part in a podcast to discuss a variety of topics that are so relevant to many of the communities we serve. This short podcast highlights some of her story, as well as demonstrating how we can all be part of the change we want to see. Black Inclusion Week: In conversation with Alison

2021-05-11T16:39:35+01:0011th May 2021|News|

Mover & Shakers project

Do you enjoy being active and making connections with people? If so, you may be interested in getting involved with a new project in Leeds. Whether it’s walking, gardening, dancing, playing sports, running, cycling, martial arts or swimming – if you know that being active is good for your health and wellbeing, and can be a great way to connect with others, you already have loads to offer. Coordinated by

2021-05-06T18:23:18+01:006th May 2021|News|

How Touchstone are improving mental health through remote work

In the latest in our series of interviews with charity leaders blazing a trail with digital  during the pandemic, we spoke to  Alison Lowe, CEO of mental health and wellbeing charity Touchstone, about how she’s led a radical change in how her charity works and improved wellbeing as a result.  1. Tell us about your role at Touchstone. I am a very busy CEO of this amazing Mental Health and

2021-04-30T11:31:05+01:0030th April 2021|News|

Voices Against Stigma Campaign

Mental health problems are common. They affect thousands of people in the UK, and their friends, families, work colleagues, and society in general. The Anti Stigma Leeds Champions came together with Producer/Script Reader/Script Editor Thea Burrows to create the video campaign Voices Against Stigma. Below they told their stories: https://youtu.be/Jy654qTrThs   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIeZNKVw7D0   https://youtu.be/kjD87Z-sn6A   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWlVbfQyA8I   In Leeds around 106,000 people experience a common mental health problem, such as anxiety or depression

2021-05-17T13:48:03+01:0028th April 2021|Anti Stigma Leeds, News|

#BAMEOver

Following Inc Arts UK statement on the use of the term BAME, Touchstone has surveyed all our staff on the terminology Touchstone should be using to describe people who are not “White British”.  Please see below the outcome of that consultation and our statement on the terminology Touchstone will use from now on. Black Minority Ethnic (BME) In Touchstone we use the term ‘Black Minority Ethnic’ to inclusively describe people

2021-04-20T12:03:16+01:0020th April 2021|News|

Mental Health and Well Being Coach – Russ Giles now in post

Partners from across the Armley Local Care Partnership came together during wave 2 of the Population Health Management programme to understand where the greatest opportunities were to improve health and wellbeing for defined groups of local people. By using data and a population health management approach, the aim is to prioritise local need, by focusing resources on preventative and pro-active care.   The focus of this new way of working is

2021-03-18T12:30:29+00:0018th March 2021|News|

Wellbeing @ Work 2021

Leeds Mindful Employer Network is hosting a FREE week-long series of digital events around wellbeing at work. The event is for everyone – business owners, managers,  staff, volunteers across Leeds and West Yorkshire. They have a fantastic range of speakers on board to explore: how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on workplace mental health how to maintain mentally healthy workplaces in an increasingly uncertain environment how to use learning

2021-02-19T12:30:34+00:0019th February 2021|News|

It’s Ok Not To Be OK

In November 2020, Barclays gave Touchstone Loves Food £100k so that we could keep feeding people and supporting their mental health during the coronavirus pandemic.  As part of our partnership, Barclays are helping us to get out the message that It’s Ok Not To Be OK and that Mental Heath is everyone’s business. If you – or someone you know – are struggling this year, please ask for help.  The

2021-02-02T12:27:27+00:0028th January 2021|News, Partnership, Time to Talk|

Time to Talk Coffee Morning with Anti-Stigma Leeds

Anti-Stigma Leeds is bringing together our city's mental health advocates to celebrate Time to Talk Day with this virtual coffee morning. Time to Talk Day is an initiative from Time to Change, a social movement led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness that aims to end mental health stigma and discrimination. It is a day to get the nation talking about mental health. The theme for Time to Talk Day

2021-01-27T13:56:41+00:0027th January 2021|News, Time to Talk|