People with learning disabilities speaking up for themselves


We are an organisation that supports adults with learning disabilities to speak up for themselves. This is called self advocacy.

We are run and managed by adults with learning disabilities. Our members and Leeds Advocacy elect the management comittee for Leep1 anually. We currently have around 50 members who all have different roles and have helped Leep1 to be the thriving organisation it is today


Our vision is to create a better life for people with learning disabilities so they are treated fairly, feel valued and can have the lives they choose.


Support people to have a voice and transform world attitudes towards people with learning disabilities. #AbilitiesNotDisabilities


Our team are passionate about supporting individuals to speak up for themselves and organise meaningful activities which help develop skills whilst at Leep1. We are proud to have such a diverse and inclusive workforce here at Leep1. 47% of our staff team have learning disabilities and/or autism.


We have lots of volunteers who are trained through Advonet. Many join Leep1 where they learn new skills and build their confidence within a work environment.

Tom says…“Before volunteering with Leep 1, working with people with learning disabilities was something I never considered but shortly after starting I realised it was where my passion lies”.

Management Commitee

Susan Hanley | Chairperson for the Directors
Jamie Leigh|Chairperson of Leeds People First
Bernadette Spellman | Vice Chair
Kalwant Sidhu | Secretary
Julie Hill | Treasurer

Staff Team

Susan Hanley: CEO
Mandy Haigh: Project & Development Manager
Helen Whitelam: Asssitant Manager
Janine Blumer: Support Worker
Amanda Burton: AND Project Worker
Rob Neary: AND Project Worker
Angie Marshall: Cafe Manager
Darren Nixon: NVQ Tutor
Joe Booth: Cafe Support Worker
Courtney Williams: Cafe Support Worker
Maisie Hirschhorn: Cafe Support Worker
Sapphire Malcolm: Friendship Group Support Worker
Jamie-Leigh Marshall: Leep1 Consultant