Busy Open Day at 5 WAYS a great success

5 WAYS attracted over 120 visitors to the service on 16 July.

The 5 WAYS Open Day, run to celebrate the service’s third birthday, was a real success with over 70 potential new members visiting to get a taste of what is on offer.

Staff from other services in Leeds also came along to find out more about the support, groups and activities that the Leeds centre for those in recovery from alcohol and drugs has to offer.

Manager of 5 WAYS Jo Byrden said: “It was great to see so many new faces come here and see for themselves the breadth of what we have to offer. For many giving up substances is just the first step, our aim at 5 WAYS is to help them to rebuild a life for themselves and support them on their recovery journey.”

The day involved taster sessions of yoga, dance with Dance Action Zone Leeds, mindfulness and support groups. There were also talks from members and staff reflecting on the successes of 5 WAYS over the last three years. Fresh pizzas were served on the terrace, cooked in the ovens that members had bought from fund-raising activities.

Jo said: “What made today really special was the members of 5 WAYS were so involved.  They helped decorate the place, they prepared and cooked the food, they were giving talks and chatting with visitors. It’s the members of 5 WAYS and everything they bring to this place that makes it what it is.”

5 WAYS now has almost 500 members with many coming at least once a week and some even attending every day.

Shaar Jackson who came to 5 WAYS for the first time said: “I’m really glad I came. I’d heard about 5 WAYS and it’s been my intention to come for some time.

“Listening to people’s stories has been inspiring. Because of the nature of my own issues, I’ve wanted to connect with like-minded people and stop being as isolated.

“Everyone here seems so lovely and there’s a real feeling of empathy. Coming here today has given me real hope.”

The members of 5 WAYS would like to thank The Yorkshire Soap Co in Leeds for their support in helping to decorate the venue.

Hyde Park Source

Hyde Park Source co-run the 5 WAYS gardening group “The Lost Plot”


DAZL dance group


5 WAYS members