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5 WAYS is the Leeds centre for those in recovery from an alcohol or drug misuse issue.

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

Once again all of our courses, groups and activities are taking place online. We also have a range of other supporting resources online that you can look at listed below.

View the NEW timetable of 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


The timetable of 5 Ways Activities

All groups, courses and activities are now online through Zoom or Google Meet/Classroom. For details of the current and forthcoming adult learning courses, contact 5 WAYS or speak to your worker. You can also view information about 5 WAYS current and upcoming adult learning courses on the Leeds Learning Hub.

Mondays

10.30 – 12.30 Adult Community Learning – on Google Meet
For details of the current and forthcoming Adult Learning please contact 5 WAYS or speak to your worker. You can also view information about 5 WAYS current and upcoming adult learning courses on the Leeds Learning Hub.

1.30 – 3.00 SMART Recovery – Zoom Meeting

Tuesdays

11.00 – 12.00 DAZL Dance – For information on how to participate Visit the DAZL Dance Facebook site

12.00 – 2.00 Guitar Groups – Lessons and workshop, please contact  5 WAYS for details of how to log in.

1.30 – 3.00 Using SMART Tools – online Zoom meeting

Wednesdays

10.30 – 12.30 Adult Community Learning – on Google Meet
For details of the current and forthcoming Adult Learning please contact 5 WAYS or speak to your worker. You can also view information about 5 WAYS current and upcoming adult learning courses on the Leeds Learning Hub.

11.00 – 12.30 Recovery check-in – online Zoom meeting

2.00 – 3.00  Mind your Head– online Zoom meeting
Mindfulness and relaxation

Thursdays

11.00 – 12.30 Tracks of Our Years – Online music discussion through Zoom

1.30 – 3.30 Wonder Women – Empowerment for women, with holistic and emotional wellbeing. Online Zoom meeting.

6.30 – 8.00 Recovery Check-in – Zoom Meeting

Fridays

10.30 – 12.30 – Adult Community Learning – on Google Meet
For details of the current and forthcoming Adult Learning please contact 5 WAYS or speak to your worker. You can also view information about 5 WAYS current and upcoming adult learning courses on the Leeds Learning Hub.

2.00 – 3.00 Themed Education sessions – on Zoom
Each week tackling a different topic, usually around maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.

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.

For Adult Community Learning Courses you will need a Google account to use Google Classroom and Google Meet.

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

Connect

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.


Giving

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