#WMHD World Mental Health Day – Staying well by doing things you love

We have been very focussed on the mental wellbeing of all our members during the Covid pandemic, working hard to improve both their digital skills and access to all our online sessions so that members can benefit from the activities on offer. Many of the sessions directly help support a healthy wellbeing and they are just lots of fun too! From cooking to art, social events, disco nights and exercise.

Now more than ever, it’s important we make time for ourselves. Many of our favourite activities may be restricted due to Covid so finding time and keeping up with anything that we can still do will help us stay mentally well and robust.

As part of #WMHD2020 we asked some of our members what they most enjoy doing that helped their mental health. We could all recognise that taking part in the things we enjoy helps us to destress, takes our minds off any worries, lifts our mood and reduces anxiety.

Our simple message to everyone this World Mental Health Day is to try and do more of the things you love.

To help me relax I like to listen to music and watch films, play Bingo and sew embroidery. I also love horse riding, swimming, singing, dancing and knitting.

Hello, my name is Mandy. I enjoy doing lots of things. Some of my favourite things are: listening to David my best boyfriend in the whole country. I like watching Coronation Street. I like Leep1 and I like going out in the car.


My name is Louise. I enjoy doing lots of things. My favourite things I enjoy doing are:
Baking, Watching films and going to the cinema, drama, going to People in Action, coming to Leep1, yoga, playing tennis and going to church. I also enjoy spending time with my family, seeing my neice and going dancing.

Free Training for adults with learning disabilities – Exploring Relationships and Sexual Health, and LGBTQ+ Rights

CHANGE are running FREE training for people with LearningDisabilities, in collaboration with Leep1, around Exploring Relationships and Sexual Health, and LGBTQ+ Rights.

The sessions take place on a Monday 11am-12pm and
2pm -3pm

If you are interested in joining please email dominiqueb@changepeople.org

Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund, has helped us to make this possible.
Thanks to the Government for making this possible. @TNLComFund @DCMS

As part of the Leeds LGBTQ+ Health Inclusion Project, CHANGE produced an Easy Read guide to being LGBTQ+ and what it means.

You can download a free PDF copy by clicking on the link below:

LGBTQ+ – an Easy Read guide

Hate Crime Awareness Week Event #leedsnoplaceforhate

National Hate Crime Awareness Week takes place from
10th – 17th October this year.

What is a hate crime?

Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:

  • disability
  • race or ethnicity
  • religion or belief
  • sexual orientation
  • transgender identity

Reporting hate crime is important

Hate crimes and incidents hurt; they can be confusing and frightening.

By reporting them when they happen to you, you may be able to prevent these incidents from happening to someone else. You will also help the police understand the extent of hate crime in your local area so they can better respond to it.

When you report Hate Crimes, you are making a bigger difference than you may think. It helps you get support. It helps us make your local area safer.

Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your life.

Leep1 are holding a special event during Hate Crime Awareness Week. We are inviting anyone from support services, learning disabled adults and carers to join us on Zoom to meet three police officers from the West Yorkshire Hate Crime Unit.
You will learn how to report hate crime and raise any issues or make suggestions to improve services.

Please go to Eventbrite to book a place: