LEEP1

HELEN WHITELAM – Project manager

Helen joined Leep1 as deputy manager in November 2021 and took over the role of project manager in March 2022.

More information coming soon…..

SUSAN HANLEY – Co CHAIR

Susan has been at Leep1 since it began over 12 years ago. In that time she has led and helped devloped the service to be the vibrant organisation it is today. Susan loves sewing and embroidery as well as getting involved with campaigning for the rights of disabled people. Read more about her here

ANNABELL KESBY – DEPUTY MANAGER

Annabell has been a valued staff member at Advonet for several years and now supports Helen in the day to day managing of Leep1. They bring with them a vast amount of experience of supporting and empowering learning disabled and autistic adults. In their spare time they enjoy rollerskating as well as exercising their creative flair through all forms or arts and crafts.

JANINE BLUMLER – LEEP1 SUPPORT WORKER

Janine joined the team in October 2020 and organises 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 takes our members out and about as much as possible. She’s full of fun and makes all of our sessions feel really supportive and inclusive for our members.

OUAHIBA TENAME – LEEP1 SUPPORT WORKER

Ouahiba has been a long standing volunteer at Leep1 and has now secured the position of support worker alongside Janine. They both run the huge variety of sessions and activities that happen everyday at Leep1. Ouahiba is also an amazing chef and loves to cook us all her delicious food for our parties and gatherings.

Kayley Bennett-Whitmore – SESSIONAL SUPPORT WORKER

Kayley started her Leep1 journey as a volunteer in 2021 but she soon became a staff member a few months later. She is very popular with our members and offers all round support in all areas of our service, helping to take our members out and about, exercise and do the fun activities we have planned.

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.

CAFE LEEP

ANGIE MARSHALL – CAFE MANAGER

Angie joined Leep1 when the café opened in 2015. She has a vast amount of management and business experience and she has developed 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 – ASSISTANT MANAGER AND NVQ TUTOR

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.

AND PROJECT

AMANDA BURTON – AND PROJECT LEAD
& LEEP1 COMMUNICATIONS WORKER

Amanda originally joined Cafe Leep in December 2019 and now works leading and helping to develop the AND Clothing Project. Working previously in the mental health and arts sectors she brings with her lots of creative expertise, mental health experience and a passion to help others flourish using art as a tool for wellbeing. She also looks after Leep1 communications, marketing and website. She is a professional artist and jeweller in her spare time and loves experimenting with unusual materials and techniques which she enjoys sharing with our members.