Building a safe and collaborative space
Leap Confronting Conflict in my eyes are a brilliant organisation. Throughout the podcast, it’s been a process of genuine co-production and collaboration. Leap have taken the time to listen to what the group feel and want. They have also been really supportive to myself and the group, for example when we have been discussing difficult topics such as relationships, it was agreed for the group to have additional wellbeing sessions facilitated by a Leap trainer, giving us the space to share and reflect in a safe environment.
Exploring new places and learning new skills
One of my personal highlights was visiting London to meet the group in person for the first time. Sadly, we had just lost one of the members of our group who had sadly passed away, but we agreed that we still wanted to meet each other and pay tribute to Will. I was really looking forward to meeting everyone, and overall it was amazing! I loved being in another city, and being with people I felt I had known for a long time – I made some great memories with great people.
Leap’s support has truly helped me with my confidence, which like so many others, I had lost due to lockdown. I got the chance to receive some of Leap’s conflict training, and it really gave me an insight into myself and how I react to conflict. They also provided me with a work opportunity to be involved in a partnership between Leap and Playing On theatre company. I got the chance to work as a Delivery Assistant on a drama project which was great – I felt like I gained so much experience and knowledge. This is the type of work I’m interested in doing more of in the future.
Through the podcast, the group got an opportunity with an organisation called Curious Monkey to deliver a live podcast in Newcastle at their event for care leavers. I had never been on stage in this way before, so it was a whole new experience to be myself and talk about subjects I am passionate about. I was really nervous as there was no editing – it was a one time thing. It went really well, and the round of applause afterwards I will never forget. I felt really proud to just be myself on stage. I was really thankful to have an opportunity like this which truly boosted my confidence. It was great to be in a room of such positivity, and speaking to other people I would have never met otherwise.
Back to the podcast, we are now in the planning stage for Season 2. I’m hoping it will be bigger and better than the first season, and also fingers crossed to get some exciting guests on to chat with us.
From receiving the first email about that project, I would never have thought it would have turned into creating a podcast like this. I’m so happy I joined the project. I’ve made so many memories and have had amazing opportunities. I’ve met some wonderful people and it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Leap and the group. I’m really looking forward to Season 2 and what that brings – stay tuned!