Welcome to the website of Progress to Change.

Progress To Change is a charity which owns and runs two Independent Approved Premises (IAP’s) both based in Leeds.

Ripon House has 22 beds for women and Cardigan House has 26 beds for men. Both premises are able to accommodate transgender residents.   Both operate alongside the Probation Service Approved Premises.  The majority of AP residents are high risk of harm and are released on licence from prison under the supervision of a probation practitioner. All APs operate to a national agreement/rules and provide three inter related functions, public protection, rehabilitation and accommodation, with the usual stay being up to 3 months.   APs deliver an enhanced regime, which focuses on purposeful activities linked to resettlement and based on an understanding of desistence research.


Our very competent Board of Trustees, with a wide range of skills and local connections, oversee the management of these two Approved Premises. In addition, PtC is a member of NAPA (National Approved Premises Association).

Links to other IAPs can be found on the NAPA website.

PtC has a history going back almost 100 years. Our purpose is to assist and rehabilitate the most vulnerable in society based on the standards of our foundation by the Anglican Diocese of Leeds. More details can be found on our History Page.


  • To manage the affairs of the Charity in accordance with the requirements of the Charity Commission, the Ministry of Justice, our Articles of Association, and in line with our financial plans.
  • To maintain the premises known as Ripon House and Cardigan House as Approved Premises within the meaning of the Offender Management Act 2007.
  • To support and further all or any charitable activities carried out in connection with the Church of England in the Diocese of Leeds (also known as the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales) and in particular those relating to:
  • The rehabilitation of offenders and particularly those addicted to drugs or alcohol or otherwise in need of help,
  • The relief of distress or suffering arising from offending behaviour.