Breaking down the barriers

Paul Frazer, a member of a community group called Design and Print United, talks about the challenges faced by people with mental health issues.

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Hello, I spend a lot of time volunteering with a community group that aims to promote the health and well being of people with mental health issues. We aim to break down barriers, reduce stigma and discrimination by promoting inclusion in employment and training especially in design and print. 

What is different about our organisation is that we are a user led group. Our members and our management committee have experience of mental health issues. We know what it feels like to be discriminated against. We know how difficult it is to get a job and just be accepted. Only 21% of people with mental health issues work.

We want to see that change in Leeds for the better. We want people to grow in confidence and to have a feeling of self worth and we believe that what we offer can help people to feel better about themselves and increase their skills. We are based in Middleton, South Leeds and we can offer help to people with mental health issues who would like to build on their IT skills, to help them to gain employment.

We provide one to one tuition; free use of computers; support and help in accessing college courses or support to pursue employment opportunities. You can learn about Quark and Photoshop Design. We understand the issues facing people with mental health issues because we have experienced the problems ourselves.

You will be learning at your own pace, at a time of your choosing in a flexible and understanding atmosphere. If you feel that you could benefit from our services then please get in touch and we will be happy to meet with you. You can contact us by phone: 07868 268036; email us at:

Comments (3)

  1. Claire Welling:
    Apr 01, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in design and printing.

  2. kathy faulks:
    Apr 01, 2015 at 01:52 PM

    Great work Paul

  3. Barbara Kirk:
    May 01, 2015 at 11:13 AM

    Could I learn more about using computers for artwork here?

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