All Services in Wakefield

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.

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.

The Wakefield Safe Space is open to anyone in crisis, this is  a partnership between Touchstone, Spectrum People and Gasped. The Wakefield Safe Space is funded by the Wakefield CCG until Oct 2022. The Wakefield Safe Space is currently open two  nights a week (Friday &  Saturday from 6pm-12am with the view of opening Sunday from the 1st of January 2021)

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.