LEAF is a Christian Charity established to help with the ‘well-being’ of people in our community. ‘LEAF’ stands for ‘Locally Encourage All to Flourish’, and our focus is on supporting people to flourish individually and as members of their communities.
The charity operates across a number of areas with the result that every person is supported across the whole of their lives, and not characterised by any particular need.
LEAF is broken down into a number of ‘well-being’ strands (physical, emotional, spiritual, young adults, youth and children) all of which come together to bring a coordinated approach and focus.
DIRECTORY OF SERVICES FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT
If you feel you would benefit from any of the services listed below then please get in touch and we can share how you can access any of these services
LEAF runs activities for families and children throughout the year, as well as supporting on-going programmes such as Open the Book in our local primary schools. The activities are posted on the home page but include events that celebrate elements of the Christian claendar such as Easter and Advent but also other fun activity days that provide opportunities for children and young families to come and enjoy time together.
LEAF has a Families Worker who operates out of Ledbury Primary School. A new Tots and Toddlers group will run from September 2023 (more details to follow) and will offer further individual support for familiee in the school.
CAP (Christians against Poverty)
CAP offers free debt advice and support to those who need it. We are linked to the CAP centre in Malvern and offer support in Ledbury through trained befrienders. We also run Money courses offering financial skills to those who need financial help. We also have a trained debt advisor operating one day a week in Ledbury. If you feel that you would benefit from support in this area then please use this link to access more information
LEAF works alongside LYAS (Ledbury Youth Activities Support) and will be securing a venue as a social meeting space for teenagers. We will then support the running of a youth drop in several times a week.
We currently offer free/low cost counselling and therapeutic support to those needing longer-term talking therapy. With fully qualified (nationally recognised) practitioners we currently have capacity for up to 10 clients a week. We are looking to increase that over time as the need becomes evident. We also offer counselling to children of primary school age with referrals coming through both Eastnor and Ledbury Primary Schools.
‘Kintsugi’ is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold, thereby making the repaired article more precious than it was originally. Kintsugi Hope groups, in using the practical technique, offer support to those trying to ‘repair’ their lives from an emotional and mental health perspective. We have two trained facilitators who run courses throughout the year. If you are interested in attending then please email us from our contact page.
Chaplaincy (Listening and Guidance)
LEAF runs a chaplaincy service in conjunction with the Helath Care Centre in Ledbury. Two trained chaplains offer emotional support to those referred to them via the GP surgery.