What is the legal structure of Touch?
- Touch Network is trading as a Community Interest Company (CIC). A CIC is a type of social enterprise – a business set up to help the community in some way. Touch Network has a board of Directors, but trades as a CIC ‘limited by guarantee’ meaning that there are no shareholders, so all profit is reinvested into the business. If for some reason Touch was to wind up, any surplus money would be given to another community organisation. You can find more information about Social Enterprise and CIC’s on https://www.gov.uk/set-up-a-social-enterprise
Is Touch religious or political at all?
- No, Touch is not based in any religious or political agenda. Touch is for everyone. On our resources section you can find our guidelines for storytellers, which includes information about our ethos and approach.
I heard Touch started originally for women only, why did you change this?
- Yes, it’s true, Debs originally started Touch with a network of women, but after a while felt that it would be better for men to be involved too and, hopefully, soon there will be a man on the team too. There will remain some all-female, some all-male and some mixed events.
How often does Touch run events and workshops?
- We are always on the lookout for opportunities to run events and workshops! Our big idea is to get people talking – really talking – and events and workshops are one way to do this. As the business grows, we hope to run more and more.
How do I come to an event/workshop?
- Please sign up to our mailing list which will inform you of all the events and workshops coming up. In addition you can visit our shop which has links to all our events advertised on Universe.
I cannot afford to come to an event or workshop but I really want to, what can I do?
- We have some reduced and free places at our events and workshops for those who really need them. These are discretionary places, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need them.
There are no events in my area, and I really want to attend one, what do I do?
- Please get in touch with [email protected] if you would like us to run an event near where you live – we promise to do our best!
Where do people go for help after an event/workshop if something has come up for them?
- In our resources section we have a document that lists many national telephone helplines for a variety of different issues. At every event and workshop we offer printed copies of these, so that people have a place to go if they are struggling with something. As an organisation we do not provide therapy or counselling, as we are not qualified to do this, we would always advise getting specialist help where needed.
How do I share my story at a celebration event?
- Please get in touch with [email protected] if you feel you have a story of overcoming to share. She’ll get back to you as soon as possible and will probably suggest in the first instance chatting on the phone or, if you are local, meeting for a cuppa where together you can make a plan.
My organisation would like you to come and do a workshop/run an event. What do I do next?
- That’s fantastic! Please email [email protected] and she will work with you to make this happen.
Do you have an internship and/or specific volunteer programme?
- We currently only take on interns through the University of Southampton scheme.
- We rely on an amazing team of volunteers. We offer training and support. We are members of Southampton Voluntary Service who provide all the support we need in terms of managing volunteers. Please get in contact if you are thinking of supporting us with your skills and time.