All Services in Leeds

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.

Touchstone is a partner in a Leeds city-wide initiative that provides supported accommodation for individuals and families with complex needs, including those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Beacon was launched in 2017 and is delivered by a consortium including Turning Lives Around, Touchstone and Foundation.

The clinic is for non-pregnant women and offers a one-stop service for women who have undergone and/or are experiencing problems as a result of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The clinic offers a relaxed and safe environment for you and you can bring your friends or family with you for support.

Touchstone’s BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Dementia Service provides specialist support to people living with memory problems or a diagnosis of dementia and their carers from ethnic minorities. Our aim is to raise awareness of dementia within BME communities by breaking down the barriers that exists about dementia and bring it out into the open so that people can access the support they need while meeting their language, cultural and religious needs.

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.

CST is an intensive mental health support service using an assertive outreach approach. CST works with service users who have complex mental health needs-service users referred must have a mental health condition that falls within mental health clusters 4-8, or 11-17.

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.

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.

When you’re experiencing mental health difficulties, you want to find help right away. We’re committed to delivering professional support promptly, when and where it’s needed. That’s why we’re helping to break down the barriers to accessing mental health support by exploring new technologies and new ways of delivering the help you need.

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.

Live Well Leeds is a Leeds City wide service, based in the community to provide support for people with mild to moderate support needs to manage and/or recover from their mental health, diagnosed or not.

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.

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.

We provide personalised support to people with individual budgets who opt for Touchstone to provide them with 1-1 specialised mental health support. Touchstone have been supporting people who have their own personal budgets, since 2010.

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.

Our aim is to improve the health and well-being of Sikh Elders– by supporting them to live independently, and to live fulfilling lives. We are a dedicated Punjabi speaking team who provide specialised provision and support. We address the many issues affecting all elders in the community.

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.

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.

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.