5 WAYS, the Leeds recovery hub will be celebrating its continuing success with another of its popular Open Mic Nights on the 23rd of February 2018. With performers ranging from musicians and singers to comedians and spoken word performers the night promises to be another night spilling over with creativity. Jo Byrden, manager of 5…

The family of a Leeds man, who lost his life after battling alcohol misuse, has used the money collected at his funeral to plant trees in his memory. Relatives of Kevin Collinson from Tinshill, who died last September, worked with gardeners from Forward Leeds’ Grow Together group. Members of the group are all in recovery…

Sammie O’Connor, a Recovery Coordinator from the ​Forward Leeds Young Persons team was on BBC Look North on 11 January 2018, This was following a rise in the national and local figures for deaths related to MDMA in 2016. Joanne, a 22 year old maths student from Sheffield had died after taking ecstacy and her…

5 WAYS will begin hosting Families Anonymous sessions for the first time in January 2018. The meetings will take place every Tuesday evening between 7pm and 8.30pm. Jo Byrden, manager of 5 WAYS said:” We have always been keen for those in recovery to bring family, friends and loved ones to 5 WAYS to see for…

Forward Leeds are supporting Dry January as a public health campaign in 2018. We are encouraging the general public to feel the benefits of a month off alcohol. There are many benefits to a month not drinking. People feel better, sleep better, lose weight and gain pounds in their pocket. They also find they have…

Joy Archer, Education, Training and Employment Coordinator at Forward Leeds was busy over Christmas. She volunteered with Crisis a national charity that works to support people out of homelessness for good. Crisis at Christmas gives homeless people good food, friendly company, healthcare and clean clothes – and is a vital first step towards leaving homelessness…

Over 100 people from across Leeds attended a Christmas Party thrown by 5 WAYS on Monday 18th December at the St. Georges Centre. The event was organised jointly with St. Annes’ Detox and Rehab, Spacious Places and Growing Rooms. The party was for those in recovery and no longer using alcohol or drugs. The day…

The opening times for the Christmas and New Year period at our three hubs in Armley, Seacroft and the city centre are below. The same times go for 5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy on Burley Road. From the 18 to the 22 of December the three Leeds hubs and 5 WAYS are…

Members of the 5 WAYS Grow Together group have created a colourful mosaic as an entrance sign to their allotment at Woodhouse Moor. The group took over an abandoned allotment plot in July 2016 and had to cut down six foot high vegetation before they could begin work. Claire Doble, co-facilitator of the group said: …

The Leeds alcohol and drug service Forward Leeds is running a campaign to encourage safer drinking at Christmas. Forward Leeds are distributing their Tips for Safer Seasonal Drinking leaflet into health centres, GPs surgeries, pharmacies and Leeds Council One Stop Centres as well as from their three hubs in the city. The advice is also…

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