Leep the Bridge – August 2018

Come along to the next Leep The Bridge club night at Tiger Tiger Leeds for a Summer themed night on Thursday 23rd August 2018! Fancy Dress Optional! See you thereLeep the Bridge - August 2018


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Open Day at Cafe Leep


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Help us raise our profile and secure some sponsorship for Cafe Leep, it will help us get more businesses involved in taking our trainees for work experience, employment and volunteering.

Thanks in advance for voting it really will help.  Lets show businesses of #Leeds how employing people with learning disabilities will make a difference not just to the person with a disability but to the employer too.  Their work ethic is second to none and more people with disabilities deserve a chance.


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Disability Awareness at Leeds City Academy

This is Olivia’s story.  She stood in front of people for the first time and read this to the pupils at Leeds City Academy.  I was so proud of her bravery as this is a very difficult thing for someone with autism to do.  We really hope that this can help to raise awareness of different disabilities such as hidden disabilities, bullying and hate crime.


I just wanted to say a little bit about my experiences throughout school to raise awareness around bullying.

My names is Olivia and I’ve an invisible disability. I was diagnosed with autism between the age of 25 and 26.
I often wondered when i was younger what was wrong with me and why I didn’t seem to fit in. throughout my life people didn’t always realise how much I struggled with things as I look normal. People have high expectations of what i can do and don’t see the bigger picture, this is often the case for lots of people.
When i was in primary school i was often bullied for no apparent reason I knew. One of the boys would kick me until I had bruises and say nasty things. This really upset me and I was frightened to go to school. I would wrap scarfs around my legs to protect myself so it didn’t hurt (well physically anyway).
When I was in year 10 I got to the point where I couldn’t cope any longer this led to me self-harming. My self-confidence and worth was at the lowest and that was the point I was removed from main stream school.
Around 15 years old I attended a supported school where I still had problems but made a few friends and felt supported by teachers.
I just like to finish and say we are all unique and individual in our own way and this should be embraced and you may miss out on someone who could be a good friendship or peers.school project


Mosaic Project

PRESS RELEASE 4 January 2018 – The Big Hoo-ha Co

A Leeds learning disabled group has won funding for an exciting new mosaic project.

LEEP1 is run by and for its learning-disabled members, and has been working with Frances Taylor, a mosaic artist from the Otley based Big Hoo-ha Co community arts company.

The project has been awarded £1,150 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through Postcode Community Trust.

It has also received funding from Leeds Inspired.

The grants will enable the service users to be involved in the mosaic-making project, followed by a launch event, which it is hoped will attract the interest of potential employers.

Frances Taylor, mosaic artist and director of The Big Hoo-ha Co said:

“We are so pleased to have received these grants. All forms of art are known to be good for people’s confidence, health and well-being and disabled people are often hugely lacking in all three. This will be an opportunity for the LEEP1 Members to design and create their own original piece of permanent art.” 

Mandy Haigh, manager of LEEP said:

“We are delighted that this worthy project will be funded as it will enable our members to learn how to do mosaic-making which will improve their skills, confidence and experience.  They will be involved in the planning through to the finished artwork which will be proudly hung on our wall outside Café Leep.  We will then invite potential employers, councillors and MPs to come to the unveiling of the finished mosaic piece and look at the training Café Leep do and how we can link up to get work experience and employment with businesses across Leeds for our trainees.”

The project will begin later this month.

As well as making a large mosaic for the entrance to the café, participants will also make smaller mosaics to keep, and make mosaic coasters for the LEEP café. At the end of the project there will be an exhibition of all the mosaics made, which will celebrate the achievements of the participants and help to cement partnerships with local businesses and potential future employers for LEEP1 members.

For more information please contact Frances Taylor 07984 424897 frances@bighooha.co.uk

Or Mandy Haigh manager@leep1.co.uk 07725 594122