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National HIV Testing Week blog 2019

November 16-24th is national HIV Testing Week and Touchstone held a testing session with our partners Skyline on 20th November for our BAME service users and staff.  Our CEO, Alison Lowe and Operations Director, Arfan Hanif led the way in showing commitment to being tested and the video of their test is here and on all this on our social media platforms. https://youtu.be/MiGc9-bICEk HIV Testing Week seeks to promote

2019-12-17T16:55:24+00:0020th November 2019|Blog, Community, Partnership|

Female genital mutilation (FGM) support clinic launches in Leeds

NHS England and the Department of Health and Social Care have announced the launch of new community-based clinics to support non-pregnant women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with Leeds being chosen to host the clinic for the North of England. The funding has come from NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group and the service will be delivered by Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, working alongside Touchstone who will provide

2019-09-20T16:30:51+01:0020th September 2019|News, Partnership|

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|

The Well-bean Crisis Cafe – Hope in a crisis blog: February 2019

THE WELL-BEAN CRISIS CAFÉ – HOPE IN A CRISIS BLOG: FEBRUARY 2019 - THE WELL-BEAN CRISIS CAFÉ IS NOW OPEN TWO EXTRA NIGHTS @ TOUCHSTONE HOUSE IN BEESTON (Written by Matthew Hall – Crisis Support Worker at WBC) The Well-Bean Café (WBC) is now open a further two nights in the south of Leeds at Touchstone House, Beeston on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Since November 2016, we have been open at

2019-02-05T15:11:41+00:005th February 2019|Blog, Crisis support, Partnership|

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|

Interwoven Histories – Animation and poetry workshops with Leeds Irish CHIME Group

As part of our Celebrating Age ‘Interwoven Histories’ project, Pavilion and Touchstone's BME Dementia Service partnered with Leeds Irish Health and Homes’ CHIME Art Group to deliver a three part workshop focusing on the groups ‘first impressions’ of Leeds when many of them migrated to England from Ireland. Prior to the workshops, Teresa who runs the CHIME group had encouraged everyone to write about, draw and collect photos and objects

2020-04-17T10:58:41+01:0025th July 2018|Art, Blog, Celebrating Age, Dementia, Partnership|

Safeguarding and Coproduction – #SafeguardingWeek

Jim Leyland (Touchstone's Operations Director – Inclusion) talks about the work Touchstone does to ensure adequate safeguarding for our clients and their communities. I am really excited in Safeguarding Week to share the work we have been doing at Touchstone with Leeds Safeguarding Adults Board. We were asked to contribute a service user voice to the new Leeds Safeguarding Adults policy and procedure. Colleagues from the board, including the chair of

2020-04-17T10:58:21+01:0025th June 2018|Blog, Community, Coproduction, Partnership, Policy|

Interwoven Histories – Cha Da Cup group to publish poem with poet Ian Duhig

As part of part of Touchstone’s BME Dementia Service’s on-going partnership with Pavilion, poet Ian Duhig hosted two workshops with the Cha Da Cup group who regularly attend Touchstone on Mondays to exercise, share food, meet with friends and get involved in lots of different activities. The workshops have been a fantastic celebration of food, culture and personal stories and have resulted in the group poem ‘The Meaning of Food’. We are pleased

2020-04-17T10:55:15+01:0015th March 2018|Art, Blog, Celebrating Age, Dementia, Partnership|

BME Dementia Service features in Dementia Friendly Newsletter

Touchstone's BME Dementia Service has featured in Leeds Older People's Forum's Dementia Friendly Newsletter. The newsletter features two of the projects the BME Dementia Service are working on at present; the Interwoven Histories project in partnership with Pavilion, and our West Yorkshire Playhouse partnership in which we are writing a play about the lives and experiences of our Hamari Yaadain Dementia Cafe members, as part of their Every Third Minute

2020-04-17T10:51:08+01:0012th February 2018|Blog, Dementia, Partnership|

Get some Head Space

Beat Stress! Get motivated! Make a new start! A free seven-week course coming soon to find your strengths, meet new people and get new perspectives. In a small group, we will learn different techniques that will help you manage your mood, including assertiveness, getting good sleep, self-esteem, dealing with stress and relaxation. When: Friday 9TH February 2018 10am-12.00pm. Every Friday for 7 weeks Where: Beeston, Venue to be confirmed This

2020-04-17T10:51:33+01:009th January 2018|Events, News, Partnership, Stress, Training|