What we do

For over thirty years, Leap has designed programmes to transform the way conflict is managed by young people and the adults who support them. By developing creative and adaptable approaches, we support young people to deal with immediate issues, whilst also addressing some of the longer term, systematic patterns of behaviour that lead to violent and destructive expressions of conflict.

  • Support for young people

    Helping young people transform their lives
  • Training for adults who work with young people

    Building confidence and skills of professionals
  • Major projects & research

    Understanding issues facing young people and society

Why it works

Our approach

is underpinned by our belief in young people’s ability to use the tools we give them to shift their thinking and behaviour, and transform their lives

Our curriculum

Created through action research and honed through 30 years’ experience in the voluntary sector,  education sector, local communities, youth offending services and prisons

Our trainers

We have outstanding trainers with immense experience in this field. Around a third of them have worked with us for over 10 years

Our participants

Bring courage and a willingness to open up about their experiences and take risks that allow them to work on their own relationship with conflict

Why we exist

Conflict is something we all experience in our lives, but badly managed conflict can have a devastating and wide reaching impact on society.

Conflict is a normal and continuous dynamic.

Every day, we experience conflict within ourselves, in our relationships, and in our communities. When managed well, conflict helps us to be more at ease with ourselves, better able to manage our relationships and better positioned to contribute positively to our communities. Conflict presents us with an opportunity to learn, to change and to grow.

Our impact

By taking part in our training, young people gain the skills and personal resources to understand, manage and resolve conflict. This positively affects many areas of their lives including their relationships and decision-making abilities. They adopt new ways of thinking and behaving, are better placed to support peers in dealing with conflict and become leaders in their communities.

We have learnt through our impact assessment that for some programmes or in some contexts we have a greater impact on young people by working with the adults who support them. In our 2020-2024 strategy, therefore, we aim to equip parents, carers and professionals with the skills and confidence to create supportive relationships that can enable young people to make positive choices.

Some of our numbers

363

In 2019, young people and/or adult professionals went through one of our community programmes

89%

(n=405) of women from HMP Bronzefield, in 2019 agreed that they will use the skills they have learnt to support other prisoners in managing conflict.

77%

stated that they had become more aware of positive relationships

94%

were in employment, education or training. 77% said that the course gave them the skills to succeed at this