Touchstones - blogs

This blog followed our progess on the Touchstones project, from when we began working with our partners Age UK and started helping bereaved older people to learn practical new skills.  

The project finished in February 2014 and we will be adding more blogs as we finish collecting the many stories from Touchstones and reflecting on the outcomes and the impact it had.


Mike and Maurice
24/03/2014 - 1:32pm

This will be my final blog for Touchstones, as I provide a rundown of our February stats and also what we’ve been busy with in the last few weeks! I also have some great stories to share from the project , poetry from one of the beneficiaries, and some final thoughts on the importance of the project as a whole...

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17/03/2014 - 3:12pm

What a busy time we have had at the Touchstones project in the Harrogate district.  We have learnt new skills, polished old skills and shared our own knowledge with each other.  We have explored numerous areas including cooking and baking, household tips, IT, gardening, sewing, DIY, getting ready for Christmas and holidays for one.

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Craven group
11/03/2014 - 4:58pm

Sue Bradley is the Chief Officer of Age UK in North Craven.  Here's Sue's thoughts on Touchstones.

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Libby talking to a group member
05/03/2014 - 12:20pm

As Touchstones drew to a close last week, I began thinking about the story of our groups in Wakefield.  One of the most popular topics for us has been cooking. 

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Chinese New Year
18/02/2014 - 4:04pm

It has been a busy few weeks at Touchstones in Harrogate, where the ever popular group have been enjoying the Chinese new year, visiting singing duos, generous donations and learning about eating healthily in winter...

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06/02/2014 - 3:09pm

It was a successful month in January with 9 new clients engaging in the project, predominantly from Wakefield for the IT session, but also in Craven and Harrogate. 7 of these were ladies and 2 were men. Read on for more stats from the first month of 2014...

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03/02/2014 - 4:26pm

There was excitement at our January session: we gathered around the laptop and watched our group’s debut on local television!

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Bread-making in Settle
22/01/2014 - 12:47pm

At our Settle meeting on Tuesday this week, we had a special visitor: Baker Mike, who demonstrated some delicious breads, to a very excited crowd.  The group at Townhead Court kept growing, as word spread along with tempting smells...

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With thanks to the Telegraph
22/01/2014 - 12:10pm

It has been two eventful weeks for our Harrogate group – last week we were painting with hot wax, and this week we were learning the far East work-out of tai chi! Painting with hot wax, otherwise known as encaustic art, was delivered by our very own client Alan whose beautiful paintings, all homemade using just an iron and wax, can be seen below...

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09/01/2014 - 5:33pm

As we suspected, due to the shorter working month in December, it was a little quieter on the Touchstones front last month, but nevertheless we have some impressive results to share with our readers....

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