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Best Start Peer Support Programme – our progress so far

The Best Start Peer Support Programme aims to empower individuals and families about the relationships they have at home and with professionals, in order that they make healthier informed choices about their lives and therefore become better carers and parents producing healthy children, in line with the Best Start plan for the city. In year one, we received 152 referrals. We have successfully found our niche and created a programme

2020-04-17T10:27:35+01:0022nd June 2018|Blog, Carers, Community, Families|

Support for carers who fast #CarersWeek

With Carer's Week falling during the month of Ramadhan, Shuria Alam (Carers Support Worker) talks about the impact of fasting and the need for culturally sensitive support for carers. Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar, and this year will begin around 17th May and end around 16th June 2018. For 29/30 days depending on the moon, Muslims spend the daylight hours in complete fast, abstaining from

2020-04-17T10:57:14+01:0013th June 2018|Blog, Carers|

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|

Have you, or someone you care for, ever been detained under the Mental Health Act?

Touchstone are holding three focus groups to gather feedback for The Mental Health Act Review. Get in touch to book your place. Dewsbury: 28th February, contact 01924 460211 or advocacy@touchstonesupport.org.uk Leeds: 2nd March, contact 0113 2192727 or supportcentre@touchstonesupport.org.uk Bradford: 17th April - details to be confirmed.  

2020-04-17T10:54:43+01:0017th February 2018|Carers, Equality and Diversity, Events, News, Research|

"Always made my day" – the Best Start Peer Support Project

We asked participants in the Best Start peer support programme how they felt on the final day of the course. Here is what they said. “I’m gutted, I wish it went on for longer, everyone has been really friendly, I will miss everyone” “I wish it went on for longer, I’ve really enjoyed it and learnt so much about myself, I feel sad to say goodbye” “I’ve learned a lot

2017-10-26T09:00:49+01:0026th October 2017|Blog, Carers, Families, Feedback|

Who Cares? Show us YOU do!

Pledge your commitment to supporting carers in Leeds. Recognise employees that are working carers. Listen to what carers have to say. Explore the work that Carers Leeds provides. Together we can make Leeds the best city for carers! Calling all Professionals The Leeds Commitment to Carers asks organisations, businesses and services in Leeds to commit to identifying carers, and connect carers to the help and support available, and to truly

2020-04-17T10:46:34+01:0017th October 2017|Carers, Events, News|

Best Start Peer Support Project – feedback on each of our sessions

To help us assess the course offered by the Best Start peer support project, we asked participants to give some comments on each week’s content. Week 1 – Dealing with Stress Because now I can recognise when my stress starts, I can practice these exercises to cool down. Useful ways to recognise my stress levels and useful resources to help clam the stress levels down. I think maybe more skills

2017-10-16T09:00:46+01:0016th October 2017|Blog, Carers, Community, Families, Feedback, Peer Support|

Best Start Peer Support Project – what people thought

The Best Start peer support project offers a six week course to support expectant parents and the parents or carers of children under 2 years. To help us evaluate the course and to keep improving it, we always ask participants for their feedback. Here are some recent comments: What did you think of the course content? It taught me so much about myself and my emotional wellbeing. The subjects were

2020-04-17T10:45:52+01:006th October 2017|Blog, Carers, Community, Families, Feedback, Peer Support|

Black History Month trip to Wilberforce House in Hull

October is Black History Month - Let’s Celebrate! Join us on a coach trip to Wilberforce House in Hull on Wednesday 18th October 2017 Who was William Wilberforce? William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) was a politician who campaigned to end the slave trade and lived to see the abolition of slavery in 1807 and the freeing of all slaves in 1833 in what was then the British Empire. There are also many more interesting things to do and see

2020-04-17T10:45:31+01:003rd October 2017|Black History Month, Carers, Events, News|

Leeds Commitment to Carers

Unpaid carers are crucial both to our communities and to the sustainability of health and care in the city. If Leeds is to be the best city in the UK for health and wellbeing then it has to be the best for carers. The Leeds Commitment to Carers has been co-produced by members of the Leeds Carers Partnership, which includes a significant contribution from carers, to set out what being the best city for carers would look like. That

2020-04-17T10:28:41+01:0026th June 2017|Carers, News|