Hate and Mate Crime Interactive workshop!

We are hosting an interactive hate and mate crime workshop with Bright Sparks Theatre on Monday 15th July 2019 at University of Leeds (Stage@leeds). Please let us know if you are attending because we need to know how many people are coming for seating purposes. To book your place please email volunteer@leep1.co.uk

Volunteers Week 2019 – Interview with Kate!

To celebrate volunteers week 2019 we are interviewing our volunteers. In this interview, they talk about their role, what it involves and what they gain from it.

For our third interview we speak to Kate Hardy who is our longest- serving club night volunteer. Kate speaks about her role and what impact the club nights have on adults with a learning disability.

1.How did you hear about LEEP1?

I was searching for volunteering opportunities and came across Leep1’s disability club night volunteering role on the “doing good in Leeds” website.

2. How long have you been volunteering with LEEP1?

I started volunteering with Leep1 in November 2016, so just under 3 years.

3. What does your role involve?

My role involves greeting the attendees of the club on the door of Pryzm, selling tickets, welcoming everyone into the venue. After the tickets have been sold, I go upstairs to help make sure that everyone is having a good time. There are raffles and other activities which I also help with.

4. Why did you decide to volunteer for LEEP1?

I wanted to volunteer in an area which would allow me to both develop new skills, whilst also being able to give something to the community by making a difference, in some of my free time whilst in my final year of university. I had never heard of any other charities or organisations who rented out club venues to provide adults with learning disabilities, the opportunity to experience what it was like to attend a night club. It sounded so rewarding and an amazing opportunity, I enjoyed it so much that after completing university and moving into a full-time job, 3 years later I still love to attend every month.

5. What do you enjoy about volunteering with LEEP1?

I enjoy greeting both new and familiar faces on the front desk, speaking to the attendees and seeing many of the amazing fancy dress costumes! It’s such a rewarding feeling seeing so many people on the dance floor every month with massive smiles on their faces, whilst pulling off some great dance moves! I also enjoy working with the staff from Leep1 who do such fantastic work, they are such credit to the charity.

6. What advice would you give to someone who is considering to become a volunteer at Leep1?

I would massively recommend volunteering for Leep1. Such amazing, loving and caring people. Leep1 staff clearly recognise and appreciate the volunteers help and support, everyone is welcomed and is made to feel part of the team. I am extremely proud to volunteer alongside them.

If you would like to volunteer at Pryzm like Kate, please click on the volunteer page for more information including a volunteer application form.

Volunteers Week 2019 – Interview with Joe!

To celebrate volunteers week 2019, we’re interviewing our volunteers. In this interview, they talk about their role, what it involves and what they gain from it.

For our second interview we speak to Joe Booth who is a long serving Cafe Leep volunteer. Joe speaks about his role and what he gets from it.

1. How long have you been volunteering with Cafe Leep? I first started as a trainee at Cafe Leep in 2015 which involved me working in the cafe and doing my NVQ Level 2 in food safety exam.

2. What does your role involve? My role is to take orders, help cook the food, work on the till, wash up, make drinks for customers, cleaning up and supporting the trainees with there NVQ training and there confidence.

3. Why did you decide to volunteer for Cafe Leep? After I finished my NVQ and received my certificate I decided that I wanted to stay on and become a volunteer where I now help out once a week.

4. What do you enjoy about volunteering with Cafe Leep? I enjoy seeing how much the new trainees grow in confidence from when they first start with us to when they leave. It also gives me a reason to get out of bed on a morning and I wanted to give something back.

5. What advice would you give to anyone who is considering to become a volunteer? It is a great experience helping the trainees and it could also be something that goes on your C.V.

If you would like to volunteer at Cafe Leep like Joe, please click on the volunteer page for more information, including a volunteer application form.

Volunteers Week 2019 – Interview with Keith!

In the first of our blog posts to celebrate Volunteers Week 2019, we’re interviewing our volunteers. In this interview, they talk about their role, what it involves and what they gain from it.

This time, we speak to Keith Ledson one of our volunteer activity supporters. Keith speaks about his role and what he gets from it.

1. How long have you been volunteering with LEEP1? Around 18 months.

2. What does your role involve? I see my role as being one of giving support to members of the group.

3. Why did you decide to volunteer for LEEP1? I had left my job in the NHS, and wanted to continue working voluntarily in some way.

4. What do you enjoy about volunteering with LEEP1? Members of the group are so welcoming and friendly. Every session brings enjoyment not only for me, but hopefully for the group too.

5. What advice would you give to anyone who is considering to become a volunteer? Volunteering can be very rewarding, you never know what challenges you may face at each session, which makes the whole experience so varied.