Active opportunity for people in recovery in Leeds

Members of 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for those in recovery from substance misuse, enjoyed an adventure break to the Yorkshire Dales this month.

18 members of 5 WAYS went to Marrick Priory Outdoor Education and Recreation Centre where they were able to take part in, archery, canoeing, high rope walks and rock climbs. They also enjoyed walks in the countryside, campfires, quizzes and team-building exercises.

Senior Practitioner at 5 WAYS Helen Mason said: “The purpose was to take people away to the countryside and join people together in recovery. To build friendships and support each other doing different things that tie in with the 5 WAYS to well-being such as being active, learning new skills and connecting with others.

“It was amazing to see so many people challenging their fears and taking part. Everyone had so much fun together with laughter and smiles all the way.”


Man climbing ladder


The group were at Marrick Priory for three days from 4th-6th August staying on site for two nights.

5 WAYS member Nicola Holroyd said: “We had a great time , I’ve made new friends and connections with like-minded people.”

Mark Crampton who is also a 5 WAYS members said: “Coming from isolation within addiction and enjoying a experience like we have had these few days makes it all worthwhile”

The trip was entirely funded by charitable donations to 5 WAYS and the members themselves who contributed to the costs.


women tackling a climbing wall


two women in helmets


man and woman by camp fire


woman swinging from rope