Preventative/Community Development Services

Services designed to keep people well in the community and promote preventative measures to support good mental health and wellbeing in communities. A Coproduced Asset Based Community Development approach is embedded into service delivery.

Mentally Healthy Leeds (MHL) is a preventative mental health service that works with people at risk of experiencing poor mental health. We aim to give people experience and understanding they can use to prevent problems developing or becoming too much to handle. Our service is delivered in a community development approach, this means that we treat individuals and communities as assets looking at what is strong, rather than what is wrong.

East Leeds Health for all (ELHFA) Better Together works within the heart of Lincoln Green to support the local community to help address health inequalities, reduce isolation and improve physical health and wellbeing, by providing a range of community groups and activities that have been developed in conjunction with our Service Users, listening to what they want, where and when.

Your Space is a project which aims to support communities to support themselves and each other. We are very much led by its members – their ideas, their needs and (key to the success) their strengths.

Asset-based community development, put very simply, is a bottom up approach to working with communities that starts from a place that celebrates the strengths and assets communities have to draw from rather than starting from a point of focusing on what is wrong in communities and needs fixing.

Alongside organisations from across Leeds and Bradford we’ve been given £7 million of funding from The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund to support parents to access training, start job searching and find employment. We realise there are lots of reasons that day to day life can make this difficult and offer support with things like health and wellbeing, reducing debt and budgeting as well as supporting the transition into work. We work closely with other organisations that offer a range of services.

Touchstone’s new and exciting project is called Healthy Connections.  We will be loaning tablets, loaded with 40GB of data, to Service Users of VCSE organisations over West Yorkshire.

The tablet lending scheme is the critical component of the Healthy Connections project to communicate vital Covid-19 guidance and vaccination messaging and bridge the digital skills and access gap by providing tablets for a period of up to 3 months, for those who would not otherwise have access to equipment or the internet.

Connecting Opportunities works with new migrants to develop their skills and opportunities to find work and be part of the local community. Connecting Opportunities is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery Community Fund.

The My Plan Perinatal Service is funded with a grant from NHS Charities Together, the national charity partner of the NHS.

We help Women in Bradford who are suffering with perinatal mental health issues as a result of a recent pregnancy or as a result of existing problems that might get worse with an upcoming pregnancy.

We provide specialist support to women living in Bradford experiencing low to moderate perinatal mental health issues, focusing on improving wellbeing and mental health.

Do you enjoy being active and making connections with people? If so, you may be interested in getting involved with a new project in Leeds.

Whether it’s walking, gardening, dancing, playing sports, running, cycling, martial arts or swimming – if you know that being active is good for your health and wellbeing, and can be a great way to connect with others, you already have loads to offer.

Coordinated by local charity Touchstone, the Mover&Shakers project aims to harness people-power to help make Leeds the most active city in the UK.