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!

Art Project Volunteer Opportunities at Leep1

The AND project at Leep1 is an exciting new start up enterprise that designs and sells clothes. The AND team is made up of two lead artists and 8 adults with a learning disability who together build the AND Clothes brand. Their mission is to change the way the world views adults with a learning disability to show off what they can do and not what they can’t.

WE NEED YOU!

We are currently looking for volunteers to support this exciting new project and this is a fantastic opportunity for the right person to get experience in delivering creative activities and supporting adults with a learning disability to build confidence and flourish.

For more information about the project and how to volunteer please contact our volunteer coordinator paul@leep1.co.uk

More information about what it’s like to volunteer with us at Leep1 can be found here:
https://leep1.co.uk/volunteering/

Leep1 Facebook Group reaches 250 milestone

Together We’re Stronger

On March 16th 2020 we were told the sad news that Leep1 and Cafe Leep were closing until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, out of these dark times a new light shone through. All the friendships, love and mutual support that make Leep1 the wonderful place it is moved to a new space online. The Leep1 Facebook Group was born!

By the end of the first day, the group already had 50 members signed up to join and by the end of the first week we had nearly 100!

Numbers have steadily increased over the weeks and everyday we welcome new faces to this amazing community.

Today, we are so proud to announce that we have now reached 250 members!

Well done to everyone for making it the supportive and wonderful place it is!