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5 WAYS is the Leeds centre for those in recovery from an alcohol or drug misuse issue. 5 WAYS is currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak but you can still get in touch with us.

Telephone: 0113 887 2749
email:  5ways@forwardleeds.co.uk
facebook: /5WAYSLeeds

We are exploring ways of offering groups and activities online. We have already put together a range of supporting resources online.

View the timetable of online activities along with instructions on how to join in

View the five ways to mental wellbeing videos

View the videos of mindfulness sessions online

View the range of useful resources for self-recovery and mental wellbeing put together by our group workers on a separate webpage

View the details of online AA, NA and SMART meetings on a separate webpage

Timetable of Online Activities

Please check back to ensure these groups are running as in the current environment it is possible things may change.


2pm SMART Recovery – Zoom Meeting – see instructions below

5.30pm Yoga – An open to all, ‘pay what your feel’ class run by Yoga Roots. To take part in the class send a direct message on the Yoga Roots Facebook page or email cam253@hotmail.com.


11am Quarantine Quiz – a light-hearted and fun quiz for all. Join in using Zoom, instructions below.

11am DAZL Dance

To take part in DAZL Dance you must complete the following steps in advance

  1. Step One Visit the DAZL Dance Consent Site and fill in the Form. Once you have submitted that then
  2. Step Two Visit the DAZL Dance Facebook site and request to join the group then wait to be accepted.

2pm Forum check-in – Zoom Meeting – see instructions below


11am Song of the Week – Each week one member chooses a song and shares what it means to them. The group then discuss the song in more detail. Join in using Zoom, instructions below.

2pm Forum check-in – Zoom Meeting – see instructions below


11am Online Courses – Taster sessions of our Adult Learning Course via Zoom. Check Thursday mornings on Twitter or Facebook to see which course will be offered that day.

1.30pm-3.30pm Wonder Women – sessions focus on emotional wellbeing for women including self empowerment, confidence building, relaxation, anxiety management and more. To attend through Zoom email groupwork@forwardleeds.co.uk and request the log in details.

2pm Forum check-in – Zoom Meeting – see instructions below

5.45 Yoga – An open to all, ‘pay what your feel’ class run by Yoga Roots. To take part in the class send a direct message on the Yoga Roots Facebook page or email cam253@hotmail.com.


2pm Mind Your Head (mindfulness) – Zoom Meeting.

For Zoom Meetings go to www.zoom.us and install the app, and then follow the link on the invitation we post on the 5 WAYS Facebook page and on the 5 WAYS Twitter account every morning.
If you’re stuck e-mail groupwork@forwardleeds.co.uk and one of the group workers will try to help you out.

Five ways to wellbeing videos


This is the first of five videos discussing the five ways to wellbeing. The five ways to wellbeing are: connect, give, take notice, keep learning and be active.

In this first video Graham, one of our Forward Leeds workers discusses how connections are invaluable for your mental health.

There is a lot of evidence behind these five steps. During this unprecedented time these five ways are more important than ever and despite having to keep our distance there are still many ways to connect with others.

Be Active

This is part two in the five ways to wellbeing series.

In this video Jason talks over why being active is good for your mental as well as physical wellbeing and good for your recovery.

It has helped him in his own recovery and it could help you in yours.

Keep Learning

This is part three of the five ways to wellbeing.

In this short film, Graham discusses why it is important to keep learning and how we can benefit from this.

There are no rules as to what you learn.

Everyone has different interests and there’s plenty of books and resources we can learn from.

Taking Notice

This is part four of our  five ways of wellbeing series.

In this video Matt, one of our group workers explains how to take notice.

Below this section are the mindfulness sessions that Matt references in the video.


This is the final part of the Ways to Wellbeing.

The last step is all about giving.

It is about how good we feel when we give to others and how it impacts others wellbeing as well as your own.

Mindfulness Videos

This video talks you through the 5 senses exercise. The aim of the exercise is to bring you back to the present moment, increasing mindfulness and making you more aware of your surroundings. This exercise helps with anxiety by grounding you. You just need a quiet space for this and to zone it to your 5 senses.

In this video, group facilitator Matt Whitton talks us through mindfulness of the breath and a body scan. It would be great if you could take some time out of your day to run through this practice