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Leeds Market supports ANDClothing events during the festive period

Christmas Events in 2021

During the festive period of 2021 and for the two months in the run up to Christmas our new enterprise AND Clothes held several market days in the Food Court @LeedsMarkets

The days started bright and early with the team heading down to Kirkgate to set up at 9am for xmas shoppers. Everyone wrapped up warm with flasks of hot drinks to see us through the day!

The AND team members had been very busy preparing new artwork which included framed clay decorations and inspirational quotes designed by them. Hand made christmas tree decorations and christmas cards were also being prepared for the stall days in November and December. It all made very good practice for how busy things really get at this time of year for small businesses like ours.

AND’s new winter clothing collection also went on sale which included a lovely butterfly design by Susan, a striking signature logo design by Joe, Colleen’s graphic sunflowers and the infamous Chops the Cat by Ashley.


The whole team got some invaluable hands on experience of setting up and running a stall. It was a fantastic opportunity to practice customer service skills, money skills as well as promoting the brand to all the visitors in the market.

The events were such a success we plan to set up regular dates with Leeds Markets to run more events in 2022. We’d like to say a BIG thank you to the Events team at Leeds Markets for all their support and Andrina from Voluntary Action Leeds for letting us take over your space.

We hope you can pop down and see us again this year and support this hard working team of social entrepreneurs spread their message #abilitiesnotdisabilities

Happy Crossed Fingers Day! #Thankstoyou

Today, on Friday 19th November we want to join thousands of other projects across the UK that have been able to make great things happen with the help from money received from National Lottery players.

#Thankstoyou we’ve received funding from the Community Fund which has funded Cafe Leep and Leep1 and help us make it through pandemic.

Without that money we wouldn’t have survived the last 18 months. It provided laptops for staff so they could continue to work from home, subsidised staff wages which meant we had a full team to support our members. Your money also bought mobile devices and tablets for learning disabled adults so they could join in with our online activities and stay in touch with friends, reducing the mental health impact of being so isolated. We also set up new courses and projects like our LGBTQ+ training with ChangePeople.org.

During our time online we reached and supported over 400 online members who joined our Facebook group and our members acheived so much – such as gaining NVQ training in Food safety and moving into employment since we’ve been back. Since re-opening post lockdown we are thrilled to have lots of new members and trainees join our service and we continue to go from strength to strength.


Since the very first National Lottery draw in 1994, players of the national lottery have helped fund more than 635,000 projects, raising more than £43 billion for good causes.

Leep1 would like to say thank you to National Lottery players for changing the lives of adults with learning disabilties in Leeds through the work we do at Leep1 and Cafe Leep.

Thank you.

ANDClothes Volunteer Call Out

ANDClothes is our brand new and exciting enterprise at Leep1.

The project is run by two local artists and with 8 team members they design and make clothes that campaigns to hightlight our message #abilitiesnotdisabilities.

We are currently recruiting for volunteers to help run the art classes and support the team to become successful social entrepreneurs. We have lots of fun in the sessions and try out many different art techniques to improve mental health using creativity. The members also learn social media and marketing skills and how to run their business successfully.

For more information please email:
amanda@leep1.co.uk or
manager@leep1.co.uk