All Services in Kirklees

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.

This service helps people with a personal budget in Kirklees to find and arrange the kind of support services they want. All our peer brokers are people with direct experience of living with mental health difficulties (including dementia), and of using mental health services. They are trained and supported to help you work out what kind of support you want, to live the kind of life you want.

The Well-Bean Hope In a Crisis Café supports anyone in a crisis – it provides a safe place for people in crisis to go and to prevent avoidable attendances at A&E. The Well-bean cafe has been set up by Touchstone and the Basement Recovery Project, a Huddersfield social enterprise. It is funded by NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group.

Liaison and Diversion (L&D) services identify people who have mental health, learning disability, substance misuse or other vulnerabilities when they first come into contact with the criminal justice system as suspects, defendants or offenders.

Shafa works with people form the South Asian community who have offended. We support people to access local resources, including employment, training, education and housing. We help people to address family relationship issues and substance misuse and will support people to recognise and address their triggers for offending behaviour. We focus on well being, health, housing, relationships, family, cultural considerations, employment and training.

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.

After our success in Leeds, Touchstone has been funded by the NHS to create a Perinatal Mental Health Peer Supporter Alliance throughout the rest of West Yorkshire.  We have recruited a small team to discover what mental health support West Yorkshire offers to parents, and to co-produce an alliance with the peer supporters and organisations we get to know along the way.  We also aim to improve the links between peer supporters and clinical staff, improve the promotion of peer support so that members of the public can find what they need, offer training in peer supporter skills and reduce digital exclusion within peer support.  By July 2022 the Perinatal Mental Health Peer Supporter Alliance should be operating independently as a self-sustained group.

The Kirklees Autism Partnership Board have asked Touchstone ASK4Advocacy Service to support the development of a reference group for autistic adults.

The purpose of the reference group is to enable autistic adults to have a voice in developing and improving services and to raise issues that affect their lives.

This website aims to provide information about local Kirklees services, events and meetings and an opportunity for autistic adults to engage with the people who organise and run them.