LEAP was founded in 2008 by Barry Allard after Norwich City Council was awarded funding from central government under the Enhanced Housing Options Trailblazer initiative. The funding award was given to look innovatively at ways of reducing homelessness. Barry was working as a Housing Adviser at the time and from experience wanted to address the lack of support for single disadvantaged adults. Rather than focusing on a single pressing need (e.g. homelessness) he wanted to build a service that addressed multiple needs – investing effort into attitudinal change, developing resilience and adjusting behaviour for the long term.

We incorporate employment, education and training with accommodation opportunities. Following its inception in 2008 after achieving noteworthy results we were awarded Reaching Communities Big Lottery Funding for three years. This enabled us to expand the team and form a strong partnership with St Martin’s Housing Trust, which has over 40 years’ experience of working with the most marginalised groups.

In March 2014, we became a registered Community Interest Company with a view to securing a sustainable future and aspirations to operate in the social enterprise sector, challenging pre-conceived ideas about how to combine business with doing good, changing the landscape across the public and private sectors.

The Feed was born, a catering enterprise designed to grow as a business and have a positive impact on the clients accessing our services. The new enterprise gained backing and funding support from the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner.

We have empowered hundreds of adults to a better life and become specialists in working with those who have faced homelessness and those with a previous offending history, investing effort into attitudinal change, reducing single homelessness, offending and re-offending, substance misuse and mental ill health, and developing a legacy of skills and stability within the community.

In January 2015 we were awarded continuation funding from Big Lottery Reaching Communities Grant for a further three years through St Martins Housing Trust. Norwich City Council has continued their strong support with partnership and financial backing. This milestone has provided us with the opportunity to reflect on everything that we have achieved and to focus on where we would like to go in the future.

We’ve recently expanded our work across Norfolk. We’re committed to investing more long-term support and influencing the perceptions of our beneficiaries.

We can now command the ears of decision makers thanks to the knowledge and credibility acquired through our work and we’re proud to retain the energy and can-do spirit that inspired us to begin our journey.


Final Farwell to our Founder Barry Allard...

After 9 years Barry Allard has decided its time to catch up his breath and move onto a new adventure after an incredible journey of Founding LEAP and The Feed...

Summer news from LEAP and The Feed

Take a read of our e-newsletter detailing events with LEAP and The Feed this summer and future events coming up in September.

Latest News from LEAP and The Feed

Our latest Flourish Employment Academy trainees graduated at a moving ceremony at OPEN last month - and the achievements don't stop there...

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