14 Aug 2012

Staff of our LEAP programme along with the words 'Our work in focus'

We are currently focusing on our LEAP programme, which supports young people in the Leeds area. Their work includes supporting young people with disabilities, as well as children from refugee and other migrant backgrounds, and disability workforce training to professionals.

Judith Shalkowski smiling and looking at camera

From the manager

Please read an interview with the manager of our LEAP programme, Judith Shalkowski

In the chat, Judith addresses her programme's impact have you had on the local community, as well as the biggest challenges are in working with children and young people.

Read our interview with Judith.

illustrated drawing of young boy looking at cameraFleeing Eritrea, finding refuge in West Yorkshire

Hamid, a young person who has worked with our LEAP programme, is the subject of a touching short film broadcast on BBC2's Seeking Refuge series.

The animated documentary addresses why Hamid and his mother had to flee his country and how he has found adjusting to life in the UK. Hamid describes the struggles of leaving his father behind.

Watch Hamid's story.

Liam Mackin holding an award'Befriending is an amazingly empowering experience'

Liam Mackin, Worcester Young Citizen of the Year earlier this year. He is a student, works in the voluntary sector and has raised an estimated £150,000 for a range of charities. Here, he writes about the influence of befriending work with our LEAP programme.

Read Liam's story and watch a video of him reading humorous verse.

five young people speaking to one anotherThe many values of befriending

Sara, a young volunteer with LEAP, talks about her eight months as a befriender to a young person with disabilities.

As part of its befriending scheme, LEAP pairs disabled young people with volunteers, enabling the young people to access activities and develop their independence. 

Read Sara's story.

a group photo of the 14 people on the staff of our LEAP programmeAll about our LEAP programme

Our LEAP programme is committed to enabling disadvantaged children and young people, alongside professionals, to challenge the ignorance and overcome the barriers that stop them reaching their full potential.

The dynamic programme offers a range of services across Leeds to disabled and refugee children and young people, as well as disability workforce training to professionals.

Learn more about our LEAP programme.