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Digital Ways of Women Centred Working

WomenCentre’s new report focuses on the ways Connecting Opportunities tried to meet the challenges for women and organisations at a time when measures in the UK meant that face-to-face service provision is not always possible. The report is based on lived experiences and contributions from women who were working, studying, volunteering and learning on Connecting Opportunities during the pandemic. The report can be read online here: https://womencentre.org.uk/connecting-opportunities/digital-ways-of-women-centred-working/digital-ways-of-women-centred-working-report/ The summary report

2021-10-25T15:41:44+01:0025th October 2021|News, Partnership|

World Mental Health Day 2021 #WMHD21

Sometimes World Mental Health Day seems like a slightly strange idea – as if there were ever a day when mental health wasn’t a significant issue. What we hope that World Mental Health Day provides is an opportunity for people to begin conversations about their mental health, which can then continue for as long as they’re needed. It’s also an opportunity for organisations like Touchstone to reach new people, who

2021-10-10T12:30:42+01:0010th October 2021|News, Partnership, Stress, WMHD, World Mental Health Day|

WY&H HCP anti-racism movement toolkit

West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP) supports 2.7million people, including over 300,000 unpaid carers, living in urban and rural areas. 570,000 are children and young people. 20% of people are from minority ethnic communities. A WY&H HCP review in 2020 identified the need for an anti-racism movement aimed at WY&H HCP staff, organisations and communities. Our objective is to unite WY&H HCP colleagues and communities in

2021-06-04T11:00:09+01:004th June 2021|Diversity, Downloads, Equality and Diversity, News, Partnership|

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|

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|

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|

Join #PartnersinPride to celebrate #LeedsVirtualPride 2020

Back in May, Leeds Pride announced with a heavy heart that its 15th birthday celebrations would be put on hold until 2021. The decision prioritised the health, safety and wellbeing of communities, volunteers and participants, and we can’t wait for May next year to roll around so we can hopefully all party in person! In the meantime, Partners in Pride is putting on #LeedsVirtualPride for 2020. It’s a virtual celebration

2020-08-06T11:56:35+01:0024th July 2020|LGBT*, Partnership, Pride|

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|