AND Clothing Joins Ebay for Change

AND Clothes is a not for profit clothing brand that was set up by Susan Hanley and some the members at Leep1 two years ago.

With funding from the People’s Health Trust we have been able to dedicate staff time and money into the project to see it grow.

ANDCLOTHING IS NOT JUST A CLOTHING COMPANY

Abilities Not Disabilities was set up to redefine the public’s negative perception of disability. The brand aims to end stigma that people with a learning disability face and showcase talent, skill and abilities.

The 8 AND entrepreneurs involved in the project are passionate and dedicated to giving themselves and other LD adults around the world a voice using our powerful #AbilitiesNotDisabilities message to end stigma, hate and inequality.

EBAY FOR CHANGE

Photo Credit Jan Wells

In 2021 the project was lucky enough to be accepted onto the Ebay For Change programme. Ebay for Change supports small social enterprises to be able to grow and develop, using Ebay as a online selling platform. ANDClothing is one of around 80 social enterprises from all over the world currently receiving support.

Ebay believes that business can be a powerful force for positive change and with the scale of their marketplace they have an important role to play in ensuring we can all help build a future economy that works for everyone. The programme aims to support social entrepreneurs and create jobs in vulnerable communities by supporting the growth of the social enterprise sector.

The support we have received has been fantastic. The Ebay team have tailor made their training sessions to suit us and our members. The group will be learning everything to help us make our Ebay store and our online selling venture a success.

Ebay specialists will be coaching and mentoring us in listing optimization, marketing and digital skills. The programme has also offered discounts on essential items such as postage costs, free listing fees and a professional shop front to our very own ANDClothing Ebay store.

AND Clothing launched their brand new Ebay store in January 2022 and over the next few months will be learning how to get a foothold in the massive Ebay marketplace.

WHAT’S NEXT?

The success of the AND project since it started last year and the interest we have had in it means we are trying to secure more funding to expand the current offer to three days a week. This way we will be able to support more adults with learning disabilities and offer more opportunities that will help build confidence, enhance skill set and create avenues into employment.

Leeds Market supports ANDClothing events during the festive period

Christmas Events in 2021

During the festive period of 2021 and for the two months in the run up to Christmas our new enterprise AND Clothes held several market days in the Food Court @LeedsMarkets

The days started bright and early with the team heading down to Kirkgate to set up at 9am for xmas shoppers. Everyone wrapped up warm with flasks of hot drinks to see us through the day!

The AND team members had been very busy preparing new artwork which included framed clay decorations and inspirational quotes designed by them. Hand made christmas tree decorations and christmas cards were also being prepared for the stall days in November and December. It all made very good practice for how busy things really get at this time of year for small businesses like ours.

AND’s new winter clothing collection also went on sale which included a lovely butterfly design by Susan, a striking signature logo design by Joe, Colleen’s graphic sunflowers and the infamous Chops the Cat by Ashley.


The whole team got some invaluable hands on experience of setting up and running a stall. It was a fantastic opportunity to practice customer service skills, money skills as well as promoting the brand to all the visitors in the market.

The events were such a success we plan to set up regular dates with Leeds Markets to run more events in 2022. We’d like to say a BIG thank you to the Events team at Leeds Markets for all their support and Andrina from Voluntary Action Leeds for letting us take over your space.

We hope you can pop down and see us again this year and support this hard working team of social entrepreneurs spread their message #abilitiesnotdisabilities

Art Project Volunteer Opportunities at Leep1

The AND project at Leep1 is an exciting new start up enterprise that designs and sells clothes. The AND team is made up of two lead artists and 8 adults with a learning disability who together build the AND Clothes brand. Their mission is to change the way the world views adults with a learning disability to show off what they can do and not what they can’t.

WE NEED YOU!

We are currently looking for volunteers to support this exciting new project and this is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to get experience in delivering creative activities and supporting adults with a learning disability to build confidence and flourish.

For more information about the project and how to volunteer please contact our volunteer coordinator paul@leep1.co.uk

More information about what it’s like to volunteer with us at Leep1 can be found here:
https://leep1.co.uk/volunteering/