Around 80 people attended an Alcohol and Drugs Information Event run by Forward Leeds at the Hamara Centre in Beeston, South Leeds.

Hamara is the largest ethnic minority organisation in the voluntary and community sector in Leeds.

Bill Owen of Forward Leeds said: “It was great to see so many people attend our event. There was a good mix of professionals and people from the community who came along and listened to the presentations. As well as the talks we were delighted that local councillors funded a lunch as that gave a useful opportunity to network and for staff to meet the attendees and get ideas for future involvement.”

Jess Clayton, Force Drugs Coordinator from West Yorkshire Police began the event with a talk about ‘County Lines’ and how increasingly city-based drug gangs are expanding into smaller towns, often manipulating children and vulnerable people to sell drugs.

After Jess, there were four talks from members of Forward Leeds staff. These covered:

  • Cannabis and synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, better known by their street name spice
  • Alcohol
  • Opioids including heroin, fentanyl and codeine
  • Young people and substances

Bill added: “Hopefully it was an opportunity for people from a range of different communities in Leeds to find out more about the work that we do as well as alcohol and other drugs. We look forward to running similar events in the future.”

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