Mark Burton

“I’ve come a long way with the support of Forward Leeds.” Celebrating nine months of sobriety, Darren Hall shares with us how the support of Forward Leeds and the Recovery Academy has helped him get back on his feet.

Leanne came to Forward Leeds when she finally accepted that she had an addiction. She talks about how Forward Leeds has helped her not only to stop drinking but by providing the support that meant she been able to stay away from alcohol after she quit.

Mary Murray

In a short, inspiring interview Mary tells how Forward Leeds has helped her to stop drinking. Mary had been a very heavy drinker for over twenty years but with help and support from Forward Leeds she has been able to stop drinking. More than this though, Mary now has a different, more positive outlook on…

Mark Burton

Mark came into the Recovery Academy to talk to Forward Leeds about how they had helped him with his issues around alcohol but also the support he continues to get from Forward Leeds by coming to the Recovery Academy.

Karl Elliott

My addiction was the result of heavy drinking and years of abuse of alcohol. My drinking brought on feelings of depression and even at times suicidal thoughts. In addition I could see the effect that my behaviour was having on my friends and family – they were also affected by my drinking. I realised that…

Karl Elliott

Karl Elliott was started drinking at a young age and was a heavy drinker for twenty years. He’s a father in steady employment but he decided that his drinking was getting out of control and came to Forward Leeds to help him get in under control. He’s now stopped drinking and is seeing real benefits in…

Radio Leeds logo with Bill

On the 31st of January Bill Owen, the Early Intervention and Prevention Manager for Forward Leeds, appeared on the BBC Radio Leeds Afternoon Show with Nick Ahad. This was to help introduce an item on, “what have you given up for January”. Bill and Nick discussed Dry January and its potential benefits that can include…

Karl Eilliott

Kathryn Blackburn was referred to Forward Leeds for alcohol addiction treatment in January 2015 after an intervention by her family. Now in recovery, Kathryn has turned her life around and is spreading alcohol awareness in her community. She appeared on BBC Radio Leeds one year after her initial referral to talk about her struggle with…

two men and woman in radio studio

Forward Leeds’ early intervention and prevention manager Bill Owen accompanied service user Kathryn Blackburn to speak about Dry January on Radio Leeds. Bill and Kathryn were invited to Radio Leeds to speak on live on air on Andrew Edwards’ afternoon show. The focus of the news piece was Dry January, with Bill and Kathryn speaking…

four men eating

Forward Leeds treat volunteers to a thank you lunch for their hard work Thanks for your help, everyone! Forward Leeds put on a special Christmas lunch for volunteers to thank them for their hard work and dedication. Seated amidst the festive decorations, 14 volunteers enjoyed two courses of dishes ranging from pizzas and calzones to burgers…

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