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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|

Listen and Learn – Business Development

As an organisation Touchstone champions the values of inclusion and diversity, co-production, and quality and continuous improvement. As a team, the Business Development team are always looking for ways to discover and support the ideas of all the people we work with, and build relationships and partnerships that lead to better services for communities across Yorkshire that inspire and transform lives. As an individual I am always looking to learn,

2017-12-06T14:56:29+00:006th December 2017|Blog, Coproduction, Diversity, Feedback, News, Partnership|

Everyone Has Great Ideas! Report from the Leeds Co-production Conference

On 6th July 2017, Touchstone hosted Leeds’ second coproduction conference.  This time to coincide with national coproduction week. The aims of the conference were 3 fold: To shine a light on the existing examples of coproduction in the region To introduce more people to the “I Statements” and their place in mental health commissioning in Leeds To start the process of developing a coproduction kitemark for Leeds (and hopefully wider) by establishing a

2020-04-17T10:28:56+01:0025th July 2017|Blog, Coproduction, Events, Partnership|

Setting the Standard for Coproduction #coproweek

At Touchstone we strive to model all that is great about coproduction.  In 2016, we delivered Leeds’ first ever coproduction conference which included contributions from all sectors and - of course - experts by experience as a given. We also wrote a blog about the conference for SCIE, which can be found here: http://coproductionweek.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/coproduction-conference.html On 6th July 2017, to coincide with Coproduction Week, Touchstone and our partners Leeds Involving People,

2020-04-17T10:28:36+01:0016th June 2017|Coproduction, Equality and Diversity, Events, News, Partnership|

Best Start peer support launch event

Do you work in South Leeds with pregnant women and parents and carers of children aged 0-2? Come and find out about our new Peer Support Programme. Are you pregnant or a parent or carer yourself? If so why not come along and see how you can get involved. Thursday 18th May, 11am-2pm Come and join us for: Therapy and treatments available Soft play area Free food and drinks Information

2020-04-17T10:27:35+01:0027th April 2017|Carers, Events, Families, News, Partnership|

In:Charge Leeds Mental Health Coaching Initiaitive

IN:CHARGE is a new and exciting project by Touchstone and PATH Yorkshire, bringing together people from African, African Caribbean, Bangladeshi, Pakistani and Mixed Heritage backgrounds on a FREE 24-week Training Course to learn and develop as a ‘Mental Health Coach’. The project will give participants the chance to improve their employment prospects and leadership skills through work experience placements and the opportunity to shadow people in high level leadership positions.

2017-04-24T10:00:15+01:0024th April 2017|Equality and Diversity, News, Partnership, Training|