Help adults with learning disabilities build a successful not-for-profit clothing business and have a voice against stigma and inequality.

ANDClothes – Crowdfunding Appeal

It’s been roughly six months since we received some funding from the People’s Health Trust to start our AND project and launch AND Clothes into the fashion world. What an exciting journey it has been so far!

AND Clothes is not just a clothing company – we’re here to change the way the world views people with a learning disability and to focus on what skills and innovation they bring. We want to end the negative public misconceptions they face and prove that it’s about what can be acheived and not what can’t.

The team at Leep1 have just started a crowdfunding campaign to help raise more funds so that the project can be developed further and they can build the #AbilitiesNotDisabilities brand to really make a positive impact on the lives of adults with learning disabilities.

Monies raised will be used to enable the entreprenuers to buy and design more mechandise so they can spread their important message and learn new skills. Our aim is to also employ our entrepreneurs at the end of the project to help and mentor others through this exciting creative business programme.

To find out more or make a donation please click the blue button to visit our Crowdfunding page. Any donation, large or small is hugely appreciated.

Gofundme campaign to help raise funds for Cafe Leep

We are proud to say that Cafe Leep is not just a cafe, it’s a cafe that makes a huge difference to the lives of so many vulnerable people. A place to visit, see friends, to feel safe, supported, and importantly the only cafe in Leeds that offers accredited NVQ training in catering for adults with learning disabilities. Our trainees gain important work and life skills to help them move into paid employment. Being here helps them to fulfil their potential and builds self confidence and purpose.

The Covid crisis has hit small businesses hard and like any other cafe, Cafe Leep will have to navigate its way through the unstable financial times ahead. We are a #notforprofit cafe and the wellbeing and success of our trainees and members is our priority.

A Gofundme campaign has been started to help raise some much needed money to buy a new coffee machine for the cafe. Not only do we want to be able to serve our customers the best coffee in Leeds, but importantly it will be used to train our trainees barista skills which is an important part of their training prgramme with us.

If you would like to make a donation please follow the link below and help us spread the message and campaign by sharing this post too. Any help is much appreciated.


Nature and green spaces in Leeds with Leep1

#ConnectWithNature #metalhealthawarenessweek

This week to celebrate mental health awareness week the members at Leep1 got close to nature.

How do you feel when you walk through a forest or woods? Relaxed, calm and peaceful?

Visiting green spaces and being with nature is good for both your mental health and physical health. It has been found that living in areas where there are more trees and grass has been linked to a lower risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.

A recent study found that people who spent at least two hours a week with nature were more likely to report higher levels of health and well-being – so nature really is good for you!

1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives. Life these days seem to get busier and more hectic as each year passes. The effects of the pandemic have also taken it’s toll with many more people feeling anxious, worried and stressed. Visiting green spaces and parks is a great way of feeling an escape and getting away, a chance to walk, do some excercise and share social experiences with friends – which are all good for our mental health and wellbeing.

Making some time just for yourself is extremely important to keep a good healthy balance and good mental health.

Roundhay Park Leeds

Leeds is lucky enough to have one of the biggest city parks in Europe. Roundhay Park is not far from our offices at Leep1 and it is a popular destination for our out and about trips with our members. The park covers more than 700acres – that’s the same as 700 football fields! With woodlands, lakes and streams, grasslands, formal gardens and mansion to name a few of its attractions.

We spent this week going for lots of walks at Roundhay park. Everyone really enjoyed the good weather and one of the highlights was spotting the baby signets with it’s mother by the lake – as well as Annette trying to exericse while eating an ice cream!

Urban Green Spaces

Most cities have green havens in and among all it’s tall buildings. These spaces break up the all the grey and adds a breath of fresh air for visitors and people who work nearby. We took our members to Leeds city centre to explore some nature in the heart of the city which included an impressive 30ft planted wall at Leeds City College!