Leep1 is back: our first three weeks with our members

It’s been three weeks since we reopened after being closed since March. It’s been absolutely brilliant to have our members back and everyone has loved seeing each other again.

Many members were anxious when they arrived, after all there was a lot to get used to, such as temperature checks at the door, hand sanitising, a one way system and a new layout. However by the end of their first day everyone had completely relaxed, felt safe and just enjoyed each others company. Our members have said that they already feel much happier, less isolated and the reopening of Leep1 has greatly improved their overall wellbeing.

We are currently open four days a week and sessions have focussed on improving a range of digital skills, CV writing, employment skills, cooking, healthy living, fitness, art and photography. The group attending also join in with some of our online Zoom sessions like Drama with Bright Sparks Theatre or Health Living with Tony from Beyond Inspired.

We look forward to seeing all our members flourish and go from strength to strength with more fun and exciting sessions planned for the weeks ahead. We are also looking forward to getting more members back safely.

Community Fund: Digital Skills for Adults with Learning Disabilities

WEEKLY SESSIONS TO IMPROVE DIGITAL SKILLS

We are thrilled to announce that after successful funding from the Community Fund we are now able to provide free sessions to improve digital skills for adults with learning disabilities.

Digital inclusion is more important now then ever since Covid-19, with many sessions and support being offered online. Since our offices closed we have worked hard to get all our members online so that they can access our Zoom sessions and Facebook Group to receive support from friends and continue to learn skills, socialise and stay well.

Led by Beckie, these sessions will look at improving online and digital skills to look for jobs, build CVS, use online resources such as banking, shopping, health and support. The sessions will empower adults with learning disabilities to have more rewarding and independent lives, reduce isolation, build self confidence and remain safe online.

100% Digital

Good Things Foundation has partnered with Leeds City Council to develop 100% Digital Leeds – a new digital inclusion movement for the city. The movement brings together a wide range of organisations with a shared goal – to reach the most digitally excluded people in the city and help them to understand and benefit from digital.

We are proud to be part of the 100% Digital movement and will be working with several organisations across Leeds :Aspire, Tenfold and Purple Patch Arts.

Working with the members from Aspire to begin with, specifically those who have been unable to access online services during lockdown, we will reach adults with learning disabilities and the digitally excluded at this crucial time. We are currently designing a survey that can be sent to Aspire members to help us tailor the sessions we deliver. The data will be collected and collated by Tenfold – the Learning Disability Forum for Leeds.

Service providers and organisations across Leeds have also been asked to complete a survey that will help us design and understand what skills the project should include.

For more information on how to access our sessions please contact Beckie:
beckie@leep1.co.uk

Leep1 re-opens this week!

We are extremely excited to be re-opening tomorrow and the team have been working hard getting the office and space ready for our members to return safely.

We will be working in bubbles of 6 each day which has meant not all members can return at this time. We have ensured that members who are safe to return or do not access any other services for support have been given priority.

The safety and wellbeing of our team amd members is crucial so careful safety measures are in place. We have also cleared a lot of usused furniture, equipment and materials away so there is plenty of room to social distance. The Leep 1 office looks like a brand new space!

Our Facebook group will still be running activities as normal but we are now also able to film and stream live from Leep1. We have some exciting new sessions planned over the next few months.

We are really looking forward to seeing our members back this week and hope you will watch some of our films and videos of what we get up to over the coming weeks.

Watch this space!

Our new timetable for Sept 7th – 12th: