Out and About with Leep1

Leep1 members have always enjoyed our ‘Out and About’ trips with Paul and since we’ve been closed everyone has really missed going on these mini adventures together.

Today Paul and Janine explored Leeds City Centre and The Leeds and Liverpool Canal with members Kalwant, Chris, Louise and Susan. They visited the Dark Arches and Granary Wharf before heading along the canal and waterways.

Our cities and canals have lots of wildlife and little ecosystems that have made our urban landscapes their home. As today is #Earthday we decided to visit this tranquil part of the city to appreciate the wildlife and water creatures that live here. Earth day is celebrated every year on April 22 to raise public awareness about the environment and inspire people to save and protect it. City wildlife spots are often forgotten about, but these green spaces are important to keep safe and protected too.

“I came to Leep1 office and saw Beckie outside the building and then I’ve been walking around Leeds and Liverpool Canal today with other Members of Leep1 and Paul and Janine along with a new student. They took us out for a walk in nice and sunny weather, then we went around Leeds City Centre and then back to the Leep1 office to finish off the session we had on today. I am feeling fine and okay

Outdoor Adventures with our Members


One Sunny Week in April

On the 12th April 2021 Leep1 reopened its doors to our members! We now support 19 members in our centre and office each week who have full access to our activities and sessions. Some sessions still remain online so that all our members are able to join in and take part.

We work in small bubbles each day to keep everyone safe and protected from Covid-19 but this has meant that not 100% of our members can come back yet. We really hope it won’t be too long before we can welcome back everyone when restrictions change and ease further.

The sun shone everyday during the second week with a mini spring heat wave in full swing! We made the most of the glorious weather by taking day trips to local parks and areas of interest. A popular choice was Roundhay Park and we visited the lakes and woodland a few times with different groups.

It was amazing to see everyone laughing and having fun together again – even the short bus journey to get to the park was full of fun.

Fairy Houses

During lockdown it was rumoured that magical fairy houses were appearing in Roundhay Woods. No one knows who started this off but local children started to build and decorate more trees adding to the collection. Doors, windows and even stepladders have been stuck more than 10 trees in the Ram Wood area, with some people even adding little toy fairies to complete the scene. There’s even a smiley tree complete with stick-on eyes

We were so excited to find some of them on one of our mini adventures!

Leep1 Spring Newsletter Out Now!

Spring is here at last! We’ve compiled our latest quarterly newsletter to fill you in on the last three months at Leep1.

Despite being in lockdown and our centre in LS7 closed Leep1 and our members have achieved so much in the last twelve months. On March 17th we celebrated our year’s anniverary of our successful Leep1 Facebook Group which has proven to be an absolute lifeline to our members.

“I cannot praise all the Leep team enough for the effort that has been put in this last year in keeping everyone positive and motivated despite everything that’s been going on. It really has been such a pleasure to see and a lifeline for many people who use the service I imagine.”
Chelsea Showell (Support Manager Specialised Supported Living Service – LYPFT)

We are also incredibly proud to have grown our team with 7 new members of staff joining us this year. You can find out more about how we have embraced diversity at Leep1 here: https://leep1.co.uk/meet-the-team/

We won 5 funding bids this past year which has meant our service hasn’t slowed down but in fact developed bigger and stronger. We were excited to be able to start our AND Clothes Project in December as a result of some funding from The People’s Health Trust for example.

“Leep1 are such an amazing organisation with a dedicated team of staff which has kept the members wellbeing and sanity going through this very difficult time. The online sessions everyday are full of learning but most of all they bring fun and laughter into everyone’s lives. Well done Leep1 you are SIMPLY THE BEST
Jacqueline Ward