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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

We have begun to offer courses, groups and activities at 5 WAYS. At the moment there is a blend of online and at 5 WAYS activities. Please check if the group or course you are interested in is online or at 5 WAYS. For courses and groups at 5 WAYS you need to pre-book with 5 WAYS before travelling. 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

Remember to check first if your group or course is at 5 WAYS or online through Zoom.

Due to government guidelines groups and courses taking place at 5 WAYS are reduced to a maximum of six people.
If you wish to attend any of the groups or courses book a slot via the reception at 5 WAYS (0113 887 2749) or speak with your worker. If you just turn up without booking a place you will be turned away.

We are asking people to wear masks during the session. Seating will be placed at least two metres apart. You will enter the building through the annexe entrance at the back of the building. Hand sanitiser will be available as you enter the building. The kitchen is unavailable so we ask people to bring their own water/soft drinks.


10.30 – 12.30 Improving your Mental Health Course – At 5 Ways
Enrolment is on 21st September. The course runs every Monday from 28th September for four weeks.

1.30 – 3.00 SMART Recovery – Zoom Meeting

11.00 – 12.00 DAZL Dance – At 5 Ways
Numbers are limited at 5 WAYS. For further online/community groups Visit the DAZL Dance Facebook site

1.30 – 3.00 Using SMART Tools – online Zoom meeting

2.00 – 3.00 Preparation for Rehab – At 5 Ways (Closed group)


10.00 – 12.00 Drug and alcohol awareness course – At 5 Ways
Enrolment is on 23rd September. The course runs every Wednesday from 30th September for four weeks.

12.00 – 2.00 Music production – At 5 Ways
Learn to mix tunes and DJ. Starts 14th October. Maximum two attendees.

1.30 – 3.00 Recovery check-in – online Zoom meeting

2.00 – 3.30 Which Way Now – At 5 Ways
Which Way Now explores a breadth of issues to help participants move from detox into recovery.


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

12.00-2.00 Guitar Groups – Lessons and workshop, maximum four attendees at a time.

1.30 – 3.30 Wonder Women – Empowerment for women, with holistic and emotional wellbeing.
This group will alternate every week between online and at 5 WAYS please check before travelling.

6.00 – 8.00 Recovery Check-in – Zoom Meeting


2.00 – 3.00 Self Recovery – At 5 Ways
A safe space for people to explore their issues with the support of their peers.

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