2020 has been a year we will never forget and the festive season brought with it more challenges. It can be a difficult time of year for many people even without a global pandemic to contend with.
The team at Leep1 with the help from our members and Facebook Group wanted to reflect on the positive aspects of the year as there have indeed been many. For example: huge advances in the digital skills of our members due to the pandemic and the work we carried out online is a positive lasting legacy. So many new activities and brilliant ideas have sprung from these challenging times.
We hope you enjoy our Leep1 Christmas video and we wish you a happy festive season!
This year we wan’t to spread awareness and understanding ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’ such as: mental illness, chronic pain, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, learning disabilities and autism.
According to the WHO World Report on Disability, 15% of the world’s population (that’s more than 1 billion people) are living with disability of some kind. 450 million are living with a mental or neurological condition— and two-thirds of these people will not seek professional medical help, largely due to stigma, discrimination and neglect. National statistics show that there are 1.5 million people in the UK who have a learning disability.
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected people with disabilities. Increased isolation, feeling disconnected, disrupted routines and fewer support services available has meant that there has been a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing.
We hope you will join us in celebrating and helping us to raise awareness of the importance of International Day of Disabled Persons this year.
In Leeds this year we have a fantastic range of activities, performances and events to help celebrate and raise awareness of people with disabilities.
The events takes place between 1st – 4th December and all events are free to attend.
Many of our members write down their stories, comments and feedback about Leep1 and share it with us on our group page. We love hearing about how we are doing and like to know if we are supporting our members in the right way so that we can continue to improve.
A big thankyou to Sapphire for this brilliant poem that sums up exactly what Leep1 has been about since lockdown.