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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

Face-to-face groups have been re-introduced at 5 WAYS but booking ahead is necessary to attend. These groups are only for 5 WAYS members.

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

Groups, courses and activities are now a blend of face-to-face at 5 WAYS or online through Google 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

To reserve your place at a face-to-face group call 5 WAYS first on 0113 887 2749 or speak to your worker.


10.30 – 12.30 Focus on Recovery 
Check-in, followed by a discussion each week tackling a different topic, usually around maintaining good mental health and well-being.

2.00 – 4.00 ‘Mind your head’ – mindfulness techniques at 5 WAYS starts 7 June 2021 (advance booking necessary)


10.30 – 12.30 Good Responses to Bad Feelings – a new way of dealing with everyday difficult emotions like boredom, stress and worry. (advance booking necessary)

11.00 – 1.00 Guitar Groups – Lessons and workshop, 5 WAYS (advance booking necessary)

2.00 – 4.00  Crafty in the Afty – Arts and Crafts session at 5 WAYS (advance booking necessary)


10.30 – 12.30 Walking Group – Meet at 5 WAYS (advance booking necessary)

11.00 – 1.00 Music Production – one-to-one tutorials at 5 WAYS (advance booking necessary)

1.00 – 1.40  Welcome to 5 WAYS Tour (advance booking necessary)

2.00 – 4.00  Which Way Now – Which Way Now explores a breadth of issues to help participants move from detox into recovery. At 5 WAYS (advance booking necessary)


1.30 – 3.30 Wonder Women – Empowerment for women, with holistic and emotional wellbeing at 5 WAYS (advance booking necessary)

4.00 – 5.00 Yoga – at 5 WAYS (advance booking necessary)


11.00 – 12.00 Dance Works – dance workout (Darren) (advance booking necessary)

12.45- 1.45pm  Fab Fit & Fun – exercise session. (advance booking necessary) Both sessions to take place in the mezzanine/max no. 6

2.00 – 3.00 Focus on Recovery – at 5 WAYS (advance booking necessary)
Each week tackling a different topic, usually around maintaining good mental health and wellbeing.

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


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