New Referrals Information update:

From Monday 4th March 2024 we will be operating a new referral system:

  • On Monday the 4th March, we will be open for referrals into the CST.
  • Please send in a referral form and risk information to the usual email address: cst@touchstonesupport.org.uk.
  • We will close to referrals on Friday 8th March.
  • During this time, we will screen and respond to all referrals submitted. If your referral meets our criteria we will allocate to a worker as soon as capacity allows.
  • Once we have allocated all accepted referrals, we will indicate on this website along with a further date when we will then reopen for referrals.

Community Support Team

Who we are:

Community Support Team (CST) is an intensive mental health support service using an assertive outreach approach to work with service users who have complex mental health needs.

CST uses a strengths-based recovery approach with a focus on the individual and their strengths and interests.

Each service user has a named key worker who will support them one to one. However, they may also be supported by other members of the team, for example, at weekends and when attending groups or service user review meetings. The aim is to ensure continuity of service.

Following assertive outreach principles, the one-to-one service will be offered in venues that suit the service user. For example, in their own homes, in local community settings or at Touchstone premises. The service user can choose.

The aim of CST support is to enable service users to manage their own well-being and recovery and move towards greater social integration.

Partnership pathways and additional options to core CST support:

  • Weekend service – one day each weekend.
  • Outlook Group – structured time-limited closed group jointly run with an Occupational Therapist from the Assertive Outreach Team (AOT)
  • Social Group – staff supported group, offering casual social activities co-facilitated with the AOT.
  • Gym Group – supported by CST Tuesdays and Fridays, in partnership with BHR (Burmantofts, Harehills and Richmond Hill) Primary Care Network.
  • Service User Review Days – Regular meetings will take place for service users to feedback and inform how the service runs.

Referrals information:

We take our referrals largely (80%) through the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs) and other Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LYPFT) services such as Forensic Outreach Team, Assertive Outreach Team (AOT) and hospital wards e.g. Becklin Centre and Newsam Centre wards. Some referrals (20%) can be taken from other agencies.

Referrals can be made by professionals only. We are unable to accept self referrals.

To refer, please complete our referral form (all sections must be completed for us to accept) and email this to us along with an in-date FACE risk form. If your service does not use FACE, please use our own risk form, which you can download here.

If you are at all unsure whether your client meets the criteria, you need a referral form or have a query, please either email or call us for an informal discussion, using the following contact details:

  • Katie Wilkinson – CST Coordinator (07484 910839)
  • Anna Simpson (07392319591) CMHT Pathways Coordinator
  • Touchstone House on 0113 2718277
  • cst@touchstonesupport.org.uk

Get in Touch

Management
Tracy McNamara
TracyM@touchstonesupport.org.uk

Management
Donna Marek
07760 173 494

Administration
Susan Nota
0113 271 8277

Touchstone House,

2-4 Middleton Crescent, Leeds, LS11 6JU