Mandy haigh – Project And Development manager
Mandy helped set up Leep1 ten years ago in 2010 and has been the driving force behind the organisation ever since. Leep1’s exciting developments are down to her innovation and creative thinking and she always has our member’s wellbeing and needs at the centre of everything she does. She also looks after the whole team, motivating and supporting us to do our best and self-develop. Mandy also helps out in the cooking groups and other activities, she’s never afraid to get stuck into the washing up or get creative with the baking!
Beckie joined Leep1 in 2017 and is full of energy, passion and commitment. She knows how to make anything and everything fun! She has a great understanding of adults with learning disabilities and supports our members to be as independent as they can be. She is a huge team player and boosts the morale of the team with her positivity and joie de vivre. She likes to get things done and helps Mandy secure funding so Leep1 can continue to grow and run exciting projects for its members.
Paul joined the team in 2013. He has the biggest heart and is hugely popular with all the members. Paul runs most of the activities at Leep1 and supports our members in every aspect from practical to emotional support. He is a dedicated long distance runner and his popular healthy living groups helps support our members to eat healthy and stay well. If he’s not ‘out and about’ with the group he can often be found belting out a karaoke tune or being the Kahoot quizmaster at Leep1!
JANINE BLUMLER – LEEP1 SUPPORT WORKER
Janine joined the team in October 2020 and supports all aspects of the Leep1 service from digital sessions to cookery and art. With a background in pattern design she loves to share her passion for art with the members and bring out their creative sides. Janine also loves the great outdoors and runs our popular ‘Nature Walks’ sessions once a week on our online support group. She’s full of fun and makes all of our sessions feel really supportive and inclusive for our members.
Amanda Burton – AND Project worker and communications
Amanda originally joined Cafe Leep in December 2019 but now works leading the AND Clothing Project. Working previously in the mental health and arts sector she brings with her kindness, compassion and lots of creative experience. Amanda also looks after Leep1 communications, marketing and website. She is an artist and jeweller in her spare time and has a real passion for using art to help others to flourish and improve wellbeing.
Robert Neary – AND Project Worker
Rob helps run the AND Project and as a designer and artist he brings a wealth of creative skills, ideas and experience to the team. In his spare time his is usually busy designing and painting bespoke furniture or working in his studio. He also runs a small T-shirt business printing his own artwork and designs. One of his brilliant designs is featured in the photo above!
Dominique Burley – Consultation group lead
Dominique joined the team in November 2020 and her role is to support a group of learning disabled adults to lead on strategic decisions for LEEP1 during Covid-19. Dom enjoys the great outdoors and plenty of fresh air and takes long walks and enjoys gardening. She is passionate about making sure people with learning disabilities have a voice, as well as a specific interest in mental health.
Jamie Leigh Marshall – Leep1 Consultant
Jamie works alongside Dominique the Consultation Lead in her role as consultant support worker for Leep1 She loves helping others to speak up and have a voice so that our members can design and develop a service that they really want. Jamie has always been very proactive and was a real assett to Leep1 as a member. She also loves the outdoors, going for walks and keeps fit with regular trips to the gym..
Sapphire Malcolm – Friendship group Support Worker
Sapphire joined our Leep1 Facebook group during lockdown and has been a huge part of the group’s success. With lots of new and brilliant ideas she has helped shape our activity timetable. Sapphire is also a Leep1 DJ and shares her love for music with other community groups such as Brackenwood Community Centre/ Cafe where she volunteers in her free time. Her kind and generous nature along with all her brilliant ideas means she is a true assett to the friendship group.
Angie joined Leep1 when the café opened in 2015. She has a vast amount of catering and management experience and she has managed the café business to see it grow from strength to strength. Angie has a brilliant sense of fun and humour, and looks after all the trainees supporting them into work. She is also a fountain of knowledge when it comes to cooking and baking and is currently working on a new cookbook for people with learning disabilities
DARREN NIXON – NVQ TUTOR
& Assistant manager
Darren joined Café Leep when it opened and his commitment and passion has helped it to be the success it is today. Darren’s kindness, calming nature and brilliant sense of humour has helped him become an award winning tutor who sees our trainees through their NVQ’s with flying colours. Darren is also a huge Indie music fan and his fun, colourful photos and social media posts cheer us all up as well as spread the important message about the work that we do.
CAFE Support Worker
Joe has been an invaluable member of the Cafe Leep team since 2015. The Cafe’s success has been partly down to his dedication and hard work, assisting Angie and Darren to support all our Trainees he has a passion and natural gift that helps others to feel at ease and flourish. Joe also has a brilliant sense of humour and can be relied on to keep everyone’s spirits up even when the kitchen team gets stressed and super busy!
CAFE Support Worker
Maisie joined Leep1 as volunteer last year, helping the friendship group to run smoothly which she still does every Wednesday evening. Maisie has always been very proactive in the learning disability community, and as well as her role supporting Cafe Leep she is the Treasurer for Connect in the North and on the board of trustees for People Matters. Maisie has years of experience working in busy cafe environments and her sense of calm and reassurance help keep the team running well together.
CAFE Support Worker
Courtney started her journey with Cafe Leep as a Trainee Placement. As one of our top students she flew through her Food safety and Barrista Training and helped to run the cafe smoothly and effeciently while mentoring others. Courtney brings her extensive cafe experience, customer service skills, energy and sense of fun to the team.