The Leeds recovery centre 5 WAYS will be showcasing its wide range of services at an Open House event on the 30th November.

5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy is the Leeds hub for those in recovery from alcohol and drugs. They will be highlighting the range of work they do to support the Leeds recovery community which includes guitar lessons, yoga, structured groups, IT skills, a gardening group plus support in getting people into work or training.

Jo Byrden, Manager of 5 WAYS said: “We have had a really successful year so far. There are so many positive stories; service users completing a construction industry course then gaining CSCS cards and moving into employment. We’ve had two very popular open mic events. Recently a cohort undertook a Health & Social Care course and got Level 1 accredited certificates. Plus the everyday popular activities like our crafts groups and our allotment and flourishing”.

Jo continued: ”We are open to anyone in recovery in Leeds and we would love to see more people coming here for support and to develop themselves. It’s also an opportunity for peer support, so people in recovery don’t have to feel isolated or alone”.

Jo added: “We would also like to see family and friends of those in recovery too. That’s what our Open House is all about, saying, ‘come in, try something it’s here and it’s all free.’

At the Open House 5 WAYS will be running taster sessions of a number of activities including guitar lessons, music production and a mindfulness group. Jo Byrden and some of the current members of 5 WAYS will be presenting an overview of how 5 WAYS people to maintain abstinence and visitors will be able to sit in on a sustained recovery group meeting.

5 WAYS works with a number of expert partners to deliver its courses and activities such as the Swarthmore Education Centre, the Cardigan Centre, St Anne’s Community Services and Hyde Park Source some of whom will be at the event to discuss their range of programmes.

The Open House event will run from 10:30am-3pm on the 30th of November at 5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy, 43 Westfield Rd, off Burley Road (next to Rosebank Primary School) LS3 1DG.

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