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‘Sleeping with Simon’

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This year Team Touchstone will be spending one whole night sleeping out on the streets of Leeds to raise money for the charity ‘Simon on the Streets’ as well as awareness of the issues of homelessness, mental health, and the vulnerable members of our community who are falling victim to the ongoing housing crisis in… Read more »

Leadership Masterclass 5 – Dr Satwant K Rait


Continuing our series of Leadership Masterclasses, which has already included sessions led by Touchstone staff and by guests from other organisations, Touchstone trustee Dr Satwant K Rait will be talking at the Hamara Centre, Beeston on Tuesday 15th September. Satwant will talk about “A History of Migration:-Overcoming Barriers“. Come and hear about her experiences, successes, and challenges…. Read more »


NJC Scale 6 – Spinal Column 26-28, starting at £22,937 pa, 37 hours per week. You will be required to effectively lead and manage admin and HR staff, provide effective Human Resources service including being involved in all aspects of the employment life cycle, recruitment/selection, HR planning, organisational development, reward and employee relations. Working alongside Team… Read more »

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Induction: A Function of HR or a Masterclass in Leadership?

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Touchstone’s Alison Lowe will be the keynote speaker at the Employer Engagement conference in London on 10th September. Here she talks about how much difference an effective staff induction can make to the relationship between staff members and the organisation they work for.   At Touchstone, a West Yorkshire mental health charity, staff numbers have steadily doubled… Read more »

Leeds Pride – celebrating diversity and acceptance

Rainbow flags at Leeds Pride: photo by Clare Bell, published under a Creative Commons license.

The 9th Leeds Pride takes place this Sunday (2nd August 2015) – a celebration of diversity and acceptance. Kimberley Saggu and Stephanie Lewis from the Community Development Service reflect here on how acceptance and non-acceptance are learned at different stages of life and how we can choose to make a difference.   We both have… Read more »

Friends for Life: International Friendship Day

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Vanysha Sahota from Touchstone’s Community Development Service wrote this article to mark International Friendship Day – and to talk about the role of friendship in personal and family life.   When I think about the word ‘friend’, images of certain people take over my mind along with memories of good and bad times. Many people… Read more »

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