Forward Leeds are running free training sessions on young people and cannabis alongside their latest campaign “Highs of Leeds” a campaign aimed at educating and informing young people about cannabis. The sessions are available for police, heath care specialists, social services professionals, teachers and anyone with an interest in this area. Jan Burkhardt, Health Information…

It was standing room only at 5 WAYS as people packed in to learn the story of R3C0VRY.WRX yesterday. The presentation covered how R3C0VRY.WRX was developed by members of 5 WAYS as an outlet for the creativity of those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. The website offers a place for stories and poetry, art…

Matthew Gaskell

Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead at Forward Leeds, Matthew Gaskell addressed an audience of 150 on why it can be unhelpful to treat addiction as a brain disease . The audience at St. Chads Parish Centre on 1 June 2018 was made up of professionals and interested members of the public who had come to…

A website for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions to show their creative side has been launched in Leeds. The R3C0VRY.WRX site has been set up by 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for people in recovery. Dean Wood, of 5 WAYS, who is an editor of the site, said: “This was the idea…

5 Ways @ the Recovery Academy provided an enjoyable afternoon for visiting clients from the St. Anne’s Residential Detox and Rehabilitation Services. Those attending were blown away by a magic show provided by Tony Sunderland from St. Anne’s. Lunch was provided on the roof terrace and the day ended with a quiz delivered by the…

A number of former Forward Leeds clients who obtained a Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care attended their graduation at 5 WAYS last night (3 May 2018). The Certa accredited course had been delivered over eight months at 5 WAYS by teacher Tim Wood supported by Martin Barrett in conjunction with The Cardigan…

5 WAYS’ Grow Together gardeners are now watching over trees planted in memory of Kevin Collinson. Relatives of Kevin used the money raised at his funeral to plant two trees at an allotment run by Grow Together. Kevin died last September, after years of battling alcohol misuse. Claire Doble, Co-Facilitator of the group, said: “We…

A number of former Forward Leeds clients and some still in treatment attended a session at the University of Leeds’ Life Long Learning Centre to gain insights into accessing higher education. ​They met staff from the University as well as the Learning Champions, people with similar life experiences, who have studied at the University. Graham…

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