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Touchstone Honoured at UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Touchstone - a Yorkshire based mental health and wellbeing charity - is celebrating winning the National Diversity Awards in the Diverse Company category at a star-studded night at the breathtaking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. The awards were held on 14th September and saw individuals and organisations from across the UK crowned the best in British diversity. A record 24,584 people nominated this year alone with an astonishing 124 nominees being recognised

2020-04-17T10:59:14+01:0025th September 2018|Diversity, Equality and Diversity, News|

Courses in Beeston and Cottingley for new and expectant parents

Best Start Peer Support Project If you are pregnant or a carer of an under 2 yr old and live in South or East Leeds, why not get involved? Improve your self-esteem, learn new skills and help others in your community. What can we offer? The Best Start Peer Support Programme is offering a free course to help people manage better when pregnant or if they are a parents/carer for a

2018-08-09T09:00:05+01:009th August 2018|Community, Families, News, Peer Support|

Annual Service User Survey 2018 results

‘Amazing….would recommend to everyone’  The above comment from one of our service users as part of Touchstone’s Annual Service User Survey exercise pretty much sums up what the overwhelming majority of service users think of Touchstone. The following headline information reinforces this view: Overall  96% of service user respondents indicated that Touchstone is an excellent to good organisation. Quality of support/service – 92% of respondents indicated they received an excellent

2020-04-17T10:58:38+01:0020th July 2018|Feedback, News|

Touchstone shortlisted for Investors in People Awards 2018

Yorkshire based wellbeing charity Touchstone has been named as a leader in people management practice globally, having been shortlisted in the Excellence in Leadership and Management category of the Investors in People Awards 2018. Alison Lowe, Touchstone's chief executive, said: "I am delighted our philosophy of distributed leadership has been recognised by this award nomination. Everyone is a leader at Touchstone and this acknowledgement from IiP proves this to be the

2020-04-17T10:58:44+01:0019th July 2018|Awards, Leadership, News|

Migrant Stories Inspire Student Performances at Iconic Abbey

A group of Leeds migrants met with theatrical students from the city to enjoy a unique musical treat in one of Yorkshire’s iconic settings. Volunteers who are working with Touchstone’s Migrant Access Project Plus (MAP+) teamed up with students from the Level 3 Musical Theatre course at Leeds City College for a picnic and performance at Bolton Abbey. The students, as part of a project funded by Sport England, performed

2020-04-17T10:59:19+01:0013th July 2018|Art, News|

Touchstone has been shortlisted for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Touchstone has been shortlisted for the Diverse Company category at the National Diversity Awards 2018. Over 20,000 people submitted nominations for the awards this year. Amongst those being honoured are freedom fighters, domestic violence campaigners and trans rights activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways. Designed to highlight the country's most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA's continue to gain endorsements from high

2020-04-17T10:58:26+01:0029th June 2018|Awards, Equality and Diversity, News|

The Great Get Together in Holbeck

“We have more in common than that which divides us” Monday 25th June, 1 - 2:30pm St. Matthew’s Church, Holbeck Touchstone’s MAP+ (Migrant Access Project Plus) and Holbeck Elderly Aid in partnership Join us for the biggest international foodie fuddle in Holbeck! Come and meet your neighbours and bring a plate of something to share Raffle prizes to be won! Try food from all over the world Everyone welcome Call Touchstone: 0113 2484880 or

2020-04-17T10:58:20+01:0019th June 2018|Events, Food, News|

Events for Carers Week from Carers Leeds #CarersWeek

Carers Week begins on Monday 11th June. Our partners at Carers Leeds have compiled the following list of events for the week. Some of these events require advance booking. If in doubt, please call Carers Leeds on 0113 246 8338. Touchstone will also be running events for members of our staff who have caring responsibilities outside of work. This will be the beginning of an ongoing effort to support working carers at

2020-04-17T10:57:06+01:008th June 2018|Carers, Events, News|

Be a buddy for a new Leeds resident #VolunteersWeek

Most people have had experience of feeling new, not knowing where things are or how to get help. Well, here is your opportunity to be a buddy to somebody that is new to the city - to show them things like: where the train and bus stations are visiting museums together exploring different areas of Leeds how to access services like GPs taking up  a hobby together. We are looking

2020-04-17T10:56:48+01:002nd June 2018|Community, News, Refuge and Asylum, Volunteering|

Making Mental Health Sustainable – Mindful Employer Leeds Conference 2018

This year’s Mindful Employer conference will give employers advice and guidance on how to embed positive mental health into the workplace and create sustainable employee wellbeing. Be part of challenging perceptions about mental health within your organisation, look at the different ways you can start your journey and develop good practice further. This event has been made possible by Leeds City Council funding and is not your usual conference; we’ll

2018-05-20T08:00:54+01:0020th May 2018|Equality and Diversity, Events, News|