Friday, 30 November 2018

UN REPORT ON POVERTY IN THE UK - BY CHAIRMAN, DAVID TAWS

14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 million are destitute – unable to afford basic essentials. 

The widely respected Institute for Fiscal Studies predicts a 7% rise in child poverty between 2015 and 2022, and various sources predict child poverty rates of as high as 40%. 

Philip Alston, UN rapporteur, discusses food banks; “I was struck by how much their mobilization resembled the sort of activity you might expect for a natural disaster or health epidemic.” 

Philip Alston: "Cuts to council budgets stand at 49.9%. Tories ignoring damage to the fabric of society. Libraries closed, youth centers closed down. Community roots are being "systematically broken" 

UN envoy Philip Alston says that "the women who experience domestic violence are tied in to abusive partner. Universal Credit does not show any understanding of violence towards women."

Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Child poverty levels are “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”.

The experience of the United Kingdom, especially since 2010, underscores the conclusion that poverty is a political choice. 

Austerity could easily have spared the poor, if the political will had existed to do so. Resources were available to the Treasury.

Friday, 28 September 2018

LEAPS DOES EDINBURGH | THERAPUTIC TRIP | FUNDED BY THE BIG LOTTERY FUND




As you may have seen in our previous post; LEAPS received funding from the BigLottery Fund for our project: ‘LEAPS Wellness Weeks.’

 

“It was a beautiful day and very exciting because it’s the first time in a long time that I’ve been away”

-       Group Member


Friday, 3 August 2018

ANNOUNCEMENT: LEAPS RECEIVE BIG LOTTERY FUNDING







We here at LEAPS, are so happy to announce that we've just been awarded funding from the Big Lottery Fund!



Wondering why the Big Lottery Fund have given the grant?

'Receiving this award is a mark of the quality of the work you are doing in your community.'

'Congratulations on your grant and thank you for all that you do to support your community.'



Wondering what we'll be doing with the money?

Being such a small organization, this grant means the world to us and we're excited to use it to manage the upkeep of the organization as well as launch LEAPS Wellness Weeks (it will be spread across 7 weeks and there's more info on this to come).


For more information and to keep updated with everything we do, please follow us on Twitter: 

https://twitter.com/leapsonline


For more information on the work that the Big Lottery Fund does:


https://twitter.com/BigLotteryFund

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/

Saturday, 19 May 2018

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK - HOW DO YOU COPE WITH STRESS?



To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week, North Tyneside organisations band together and renamed it Mental Health Action Week with the intention of hosting events to promote that people actually take action around mental health rather than purely raising awareness.

One of these events was at North Shield’s YMCA and launched a new leaflet with Launchpad and Healthwatch. LEAPS were, luckily, approached by Launchpad to have our details published in the leaflets that were full of independent organisations and charities to refer service users to.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

HOW LEAPS HELPS MY MENTAL HEALTH BY ADVERTISING ASSISTANT, AIMEE WILSON


Hi guys and girls!




I’m Aimee Wilson, I’m 27, live in Blyth, Northumberland; and I’m the Advertising Assistant and one of four Committee members of LEAPS (for more info on LEAPS visit here).

When I was just fifteen years old, I was attacked by a man at the bottom of the street. When I regained consciousness – after he’d bumped my head against a wall – I, dazed, and confused, went to school and told my Form Tutor who promptly sent me home with my Mum to visit the GP and report the incident to the Police.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

INDEPENDANT COMPLAINTS ADVOCACY



FALLING ON YOUR FEET


LEAPS VISIT NORTH SHIELDS QUAYSIDE


Every now and then, LEAPS like to have a therapeutic trip!
We always bear in mind that since members are expected to pay for their own travel (in some cases we can work around this if a person is unable to do so), and most members, if not all, live on state benefits; when picking a destination.
The location is chosen/voted for by members and we usually travel on a Friday (when we would usually have a meeting) so that we can assure maximum attendance.
We find that having a day away from normal life is rewarding for members and it provides the perfect opportunity to get to know one another.

LEAPS VISIT BERWICK UPON TWEED


Every now and then, LEAPS like to have a therapeutic trip!
We always bear in mind that since members are expected to pay for their own travel (in some cases we can work around this if a person is unable to do so), and most members, if not all, live on state benefits; when picking a destination.
The location is chosen/voted for by members and we usually travel on a Friday (when we would usually have a meeting) so that we can assure maximum attendance.
We find that having a day away from normal life is rewarding for members and it provides the perfect opportunity to get to know one another.

CHAIRMAN, DAVE TAWS: HOW HIS LIFE AND LIVING ON STATE BENEFITS HAS SPURRED ON HIS NEED TO HELP OTHERS



My childhood mostly consisted of lots of physical and mental abuse, so by the time I was in my early twenties, I was struggling with life, and how to cope with all of the obstacles being thrown at me.

I then spent the next fifteen years trying to fit in with people, I had absolutely nothing in common with; and, whose personalities contributed to my current mental state.

Moving on, in my mid-thirties, by some miracle, I found myself in a relationship, and that’s when the problems started because I had built so many systems to protect myself, it was near impossible feel affection; I had blocked so much of ‘me’ out that I felt I was undeserving of affection. When you have been told you’re worthless for over a quarter of your life, you start to believe it, and then it’s just a matter of criticising yourself and punishing yourself if anything remotely pleasant happens.  

Friday, 19 January 2018

AMANDA NORMAND, FOUNDER OF LEAPS; TALKS ABOUT THE PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THAT LED HER TO FORM THE GROUP


2006 was definitely my year! I had secured a job that I loved; working as a Specialist Consultant with unemployed people. I also bought my first home, and became the youngest Elected Councilor (at that time) in North Tyneside Council. However, in 2008 my company had lost part of its funding and were forced to make some cuts to services, and I was made redundant.

I felt I was back to square one. Having to now 'sign on', brought back bad memories of a past I thought I had left behind for good. I now had to answer to “security guards," and jump through hoops and meet the demands of the jobcentre plus regime. As a new JSA ‘claimant,’ I was made to feel like a scrounger, and the whole 'signing on' process left me feeling totally degraded. I remember being absolutely horrified by how unemployed people (myself included) were being treat.

I soon became quite low in mood, and after months of signing on, and numerous job application rejections; I began to realise that there must be lots of others in my position. People who are out of work through no fault of their own, and yet, are made to feel worthless, lazy, and isolated. It was then that I decided to set up a support group to reach out to those who needed this support. 
LEAPS was set up in 2009.

UN REPORT ON POVERTY IN THE UK - BY CHAIRMAN, DAVID TAWS

14 million people, a fifth of the population, live in poverty. Four million of these are more than 50% below the poverty line, and 1.5 mill...