Rosebuds gets arty with Mentally Healthy Leeds.

Rosebuds is one of our groups for women who are living apart from their children, meeting weekly at the Tetley Art Gallery.  It’s funded by Leeds Trust as part of their year long support of projects working in the community to overcome loneliness. 


As part of this important piece of work, we have been working with Mentally Healthy Leeds who have provided us with a wonderful worker, Belinda Sawyer.  She has been in to the group twice and run really fun and thought provoking sessions on the nature of femininity in the world and self-identity.  The women have really enjoyed these sessions, and we had lots of really interesting conversations, thinking about who we are as women and how we present and communicate this to the world.  From eating chocolate mindfully to making masks, we have really enjoyed the fun activities that Belinda runs.  We are really looking forward to seeing what she has planned for us next!  Thanks so much to Mentally Healthy Leeds at Touchstone, we really appreciate your input.



Feel Good is in full flow!

Our Feel Good Course for women with learning disabilities is back in full swing. The course focuses on healthy bodies and healthy relationships, which actually covers a huge amount of topics.  Women are able to go at their own pace and repeat sections of the course as necessary before moving on to a follow-on group where they can continue to build their friendships and look in more detail at subjects covered on the course.

We always get such lovely women on the course, so, inevitably, women make new friends. We often have a bit of a giggle, but still get to talk about some really important stuff.

What women have said about the course:

“I really like coz everyone was nice”

“It’s helped me be more safe”.

“I made new friends. Don’t want it to end.”

““I really enjoyed the course had fun and laugh. I really enjoyed it”

 “I can help other women feel safer”

“I loved this course, I really enjoyed it”

We also deliver sessions to parents, carers and anyone supporting women with learning disabilities to help people feel more confident to engage in conversations about sex and relationships in an appropriate way. We know that people often feel embarrassed to talk about these things and so the subject often just gets swept under the carpet.  This sometimes means that women with learning disabilities get most of their information about relationships from what they see in the media.  This can be misleading and leave women more vulnerable.

The Feel Good Course runs on Tuesdays 2pm to 4pm at the Old Fire Station in Gipton. Contact Danielle Martin on 0113 244 3729 or

The ‘Perfect’ Woman??

One of our young women’s groups have been talking about self-esteem and body image recently. Last week we managed to do a huge list of what society tells women they should look like.  There were lots of ‘tanned, but not too tanned’, ‘tall, but not too tall’, ‘fit, but not too muscley’.

We talked about whether anyone actually looks like that and what life would be like for the perfect woman (who we called ‘Patrycia!).  In the end, we decided that as young women, we can’t win, even if we had all the things on the list, we’d probably feel that we had to look different and always have to keep working on our bodies!


We designed our own ‘Perfect Patrycia’s’ who were, erm, interesting!!

Our biggest message to young women (and older women!) is, there ARE NO PATRYCIA’S! Society will always tell us we need to keep working on the way we look and if we take that message on board, it’ll be hard to ever be happy in our own skin.  It’s so hard not to listen to those messages but in group we’re going to be looking at how we challenge those critical voices in our head and the things we hear others say about women.

Ignore those inner voices, remember you’re awesome!

Sarah x