About Leaps & Bounds

Leaps & Bounds Trust is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee. Its delivery remit, and governing principles, is to work with at-risk young people to turn their lives round through a combination of intense & sustained personal development, ongoing pastoral support and the highest standard of artistic, cultural or sporting engagement.

Who we are & what we do

Leaps & Bounds delivered the acclaimed Ballet Hoo! project bringing ballet and personal development to a group of vulnerable teenagers. Building on this success we are developing new projects.

 

We work exclusively with disadvantaged and at risk young people aged 14 to 19 typically drawn from areas of social and economic deprivation. We use a unique combination of three ingredients to generate extraordinary changes in the lives of these young people:

  • Personal intervention, uncovering issues for each young person, challenge their behaviours, and help them to see and make different choices;
  • Involvement in cultural projects of the highest standard, working with professional artists and sportspeople;
  • Ongoing one-to-one pastoral support and personal development from locally based Life Coaches.

Our story so far

2005 - Leaps & Bounds was created

Leaps and Bounds organisation created with support from Dudley MBC and its first project was under development

2006 - Ballet Hoo!

Leaps and Bounds 1st project was Ballet Hoo! Ballet Changed My Life, which worked with with 4 Local Authorities, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Diverse Productions and Channel 4. It culminated in a performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Birmingham Hippodrome. The project was filmed by Channel 4 and included a 4-episode show shown on TV.

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2007 - Wrosne Project

Wrosne Project worked with 60 young people from two estates in Dudley which face exceptional levels of economic and social deprivation. This culminated in a week-long set of performances in the canals and caverns under Wrens Nest.

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2008 - Charity Status

Leaps and Bounds organisation gains charity status

2008 - Chasing Fate

Chasing Fate working with young people from Dudley, Sandwell, Telford and Wrekin and Walsall. Working with professionals from the West End they created a new piece of musical theatre performed at Birmingham Hippodrome.

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2011 - Shropshire Olympic Legacy

Shropshire Olympic Legacy, our first medium sized project where young people from Madeley Academy in Telford and William Brookes High School in Much Wenlock investigated Shropshire's Olympic Heritage, especially the impact that Dr William Penny Brooks had on their community and in establishing the modern Olympics.

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2013 - Castle Vale Motor Heritage

Castle Vale Motor Heritage, young people investigated the lasting legacy of industrialisation of the Castle Vale/ Castle Bromwich area of Birmingham, from its early development through, wartime production and it's more recent car production plants. This culminated in a performance and presentation at Symphony Hall in Birmingham.

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2014 - Who Am I?

Who Am I? The project asked young people aged 16-19 to explore through photography, painting, drawing and poetry the concepts of citizenship, heritage and identity to answer what it means to them to live in England today. It aimed to celebrate the many voices, languages and cultural influences alive in Birmingham and the Black Country. The artwork created formed an exhibition that toured the West Midlands.
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2016 - Ballet Ho Moving On

Ballet Ho Moving On, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of our first project Ballet Ho, a team of young people that took part in that project returned to work with young people and the Birmingham Hippodrome to create a new performance of Romeo and Juliet, bringing about a full circle for those initial young people that had been engaged a decade previously.

2017 - Circus Magic

Circus Magic, working with a wide range of partners the project again worked with young people to create a week-long series of performance and training workshops for the participants to develop and learn Circus based skills.
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2018 - Refugee Choir

Refugee Choir, working in partnership with Young Orchestras CIC and with young refugees and asylum seekers, aged 16 - 26 years, in three urban centres - Birmingham, Bristol and Leicester. This project brought young refugees together with other young people to create and perform a newly commissioned piece for choir and orchestra that expressed their experiences and hopes for the future.
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2019 - Do you see what I see?

Do you see what I see? The Leaps and Bounds team support Halas Homes in engaging adults with learning disabilities to help them explore the challenges they face and how they perceive the world and how the world perceives them. The artwork they created was turned into an exhibition that toured the region.

2020 - Remember Me

Remember Me was a project that originally was established to provide workshops for people with dementia in order to showcase to the wider public the issues that people with dementia face. Due to the Covid Pandemic the focus of the project changed slightly to instead capture artwork from the participants about how the feel and cope with dementia and the impact that as on their family and friends. This culminated in a film being created showcasing the work, interviews and performances.
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2022 - Blank Wall

Blank Wall, our current and ongoing project, returned to working with young people, this time from Halesowen in order to create and install a series of artwork within the town inspired and co-produced by the young people.
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