Leap Confronting Conflict

Image of young people working through conflict.In 2017, a grant of £20,000 was awarded towards the refurbishment of offices and training facilities.


Leap supports young people aged 11-25 to make changes in their lives by gaining a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship with conflict. Many of the young people it works with have grown up in care, are not in mainstream education, are at risk of gang involvement and exploitation, or are caught up in the criminal justice system. Leap also provides training for professionals and volunteers, including youth workers and prison officers, as they are best placed to offer help when conflict arises. The organisation also undertakes research into issues facing young people to inform practice and policy for itself and the wider sector. Most graduates from Leap programmes not only learn to manage conflict, but go on to work, study and volunteer in their communities, and have a positive impact on those around them.

Refurbishment project

Leap undertook a two phased refurbishment project in order to update their offices and training facilities. This was to ensure that they met the expanding needs of the organisation, improved the delivery of programmes and strengthened learning outcomes for beneficiaries. The second phase included the refurbishment of the organisation’s toilets, the kitchen, installing a new lighting system and replacing worn out flooring. At the time of application funds had not yet been raised towards the total phase two cost of £34,000. A grant of £20,000 was awarded.

"The change came when I saw a poster for creative workshops. It was a big step for me to go along, but when I arrived there was so much energy in the room...I'm still part of the Leap community. I'm now a young trainer, and I get to continue learning every day."

Amyn Ali, a Leap service user and young trainer.