Leap was established in 1987 as a project of the Leaveners (Quaker Community Arts Charity). It soon became apparent that the work was meeting real needs, as the project attracted regional, national and international recognition. In 1992 the Department for Education and Employment (Youth Service Unit) provided funds to launch Leap in the only conflict resolution centre for the British Youth Service.
In 1999 the Trustees recognised that demand for all of Leap’s work was increasing year by year. In order to meet these new and growing needs, Leap Confronting Conflict was launched as an independent registered charity and national voluntary youth organisation (NVYO) registered with the Department for Education and Skills.
The organisation has an outstanding, small core staff of full-time and part-time workers. A regular pool of expert professional trainers run the adult courses and help with some of the young peoples’ training.
Leap’s projects have twice been short-listed for Philip Lawrence Awards (in 2000 and 2002) and reached the finals of the Whitbread Young Partners Awards in 2001. The organisation received Investors in People status in December 2000 and December 2003.