Leeds People First Meeting – Online Safety and Self Advocacy

We had a brilliant People First meeting on Zoom today with lots of our members. In this months meeting we covered two important topics: Online Safety and Self Advocacy.

Online Safety

It is important that we all know how to keep ourselves safe online: on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, how to spot a scam telephone call, text message, email or false friend request.

Here is some really useful information about online safety:

Nuisance Calls

Concerns over nuisance calls were raised by a few members but there is an easy way to reduce these numbers calling your mobile or landline. Nuisance calls can be very distressing and also put yourself at risk from fraudsters. Here is some information about how to block and report these calls from Ofcom. You can also speak to your telephone provider who will be able to help.

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Self Advocacy

The second half of the meeting discussed self advocacy and what it means.

We asked what does self advocacy mean? and
Why is it important to speak up for yourself?

Quotes from People First Meeting August 2020

Self confidence and having the confidence to say NO was something nearly 70% of the group felt they struggled with. Leep1 are currently looking at addressing this with some confidence building sessions for our members. We hope that these new sessions will help give our members the tools to speak up – whether that be in the work place, in support settings or social environments.

Advocacy services such as Advonet can help people speak up for themselves if they find themselves in a situation that they cannot manage alone.

Advocacy is working with you to:

  • Listen to what you want and act on your behalf at all times
  • Think about what choices you have
  • Put forward your views so they are heard
  • Stand up for your rights and interests

Next meeting:

Our People First meetings normally happen every first Thursday of the month. We are really pleased that lots of our members can attend online using Zoom. These meetings are vital so that any developments to our services are what our members want and need.

Pride Month at Leep1

We were all disappointed that the Pride Parade in Leeds had to be cancelled due to Covid-19. However, Leep1 and Cafe Leep are celebrating Pride Month on our Facebook Group by filling the page with colourful photos.

After the great success of our LDWeek rainbow project, we wanted to make a huge Pride Rainbow photo montage to include the colours of the LGBTQ Pride flag.

Each day we ask our members to take photographs while on their walks or at home. The photos taken so far range from everyday objects we find at home, to rare album covers, nature and flowers. We have set ourselves a small challenge too! We aim to beat the 300 photos we took last time and it looks like we will smash that easily going by the number of submissions so far!

Each stripe of the rainbow depicts one sector of the LGBTQ community and the queer spectrum. There are many versions of the Pride flag – there’s a bisexual flag, asexual flag, transgender flag to name a few, but the most commonly seen Pride flag features six colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

For our project we have chosen to use the GLAAD (a LGBT advocacy organisation) version of the Pride flag that includes the colours black and brown to celebrate diversity and inclusivity. The President of GLAAD says “Our Rainbow aims to encourage awareness, kindness, and acceptance for all.”


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.