Our New Newsletter Has Arrived!

Find out all our top stories and news in our brand new newsletter out now!

We now have dedicated section on our website that will feature our quarterly newsletters, plus videos made by our members about what’s been happening at Leep1.

You can find our newsletters here: https://leep1.co.uk/newsletters/

Our first newsletter covers the last three months while we were in lockdown as both Leep1 and Cafe Leep were closed. We have still been very busy and active online, celebrating lots of events and supporting our members on our Facebook Group.

We really hope you enjoy reading it.
We will be publishing our next newsletter in the Autumn.

Staying Healthy During Lockdown

Friday afternoons at Leep1 was the highlight of everyone’s week. Our Healthy Living sessions with personal trainer and coach Anthony Beardsley were fun, active and educational. Tony, founder of Beyond Inspired believes ‘Health is for Everyone’ and is passionate about helping people and giving opportunities to those who are often over looked.

“The part can never be well
unless the whole is well” Plato

Self-care and fitness is something many of us will admit we need to do more of but it is even more important to promote and educate in the learning disabled community. Excercise and keeping active not only has physical health benefits but is directly linked to mood and mental wellbeing. It is known that even a short burst of 10 minutes brisk walking increases mental alertness, energy and positive mood states.

The mental health of the nation is more of a discussion point than ever before. Lockdown has had a particularly detrimental effect on our members: the drastic changes in routine, loss of sense of purpose, heightened anxiety and the lack of contact with friends and various support networks has been extremely challenging for them to deal with.

Our Facebook Group Page has a busy timetable of activities which helps provide our members with a regular routine. Many activities promote mental wellbeing ranging from relaxing Yoga sessions to creative play in Art and Drama.

The impact of physical activity on wellbeing – mentalhealth.org

Inspiring and motivating

To help motivate and inspire our members to maintain their physical and mental health through exercise we supported them to start using step counters and Health Apps to monitor their daily activity. Tackling motivation and low mood can be difficult as it is often a cycle that perpetuates itself but by encouraging everyone to share their efforts on the group page we motivate and support each other to reach personal goals. An added incentive was the coveted ‘Active Member of the Week Award’ which is announced every Friday afternoon.

Step counter readings from some of our Members

Virtual Exercise Sessions

Since lockdown we have continued to work with Tony and the sessions are running very successfully on Zoom. The sessions include a lot of exercise but also health check -ins and tips on healthy eating. Tony is brilliant at motivating the group and it is really encouraging to see that Friday afternoons is still one of the highlights of the week.

Friendship Group Returns Online

Over the last month we’ve seen more of our classes and sessions move to video communication via Zoom. Our Facebook live sessions are still popular but there was a unanimous vote by our members to move more sessions onto Zoom so they could be more interactive.

We’re really excited that our very popular Friendship Group has returned this week. These sessions are vital in keeping people connected and reduces social isolation, but are more important than ever in these current times as people struggle with their mental health and loneliness.

Last night’s first session was a time to gather ideas, have a good chat, have fun, laugh and socialise. The group is also a great chance for newer members to form friendships in a safe environment as they settle into the online way of life. Last night’s fun activity was a Tik Tok Dance which was brilliantly performed by everyone – including the staff!

Friendship group is open to Leep1 Facebook Group members:
Every Wednesday between 6pm -8pm.