Members of 5 WAYS are currently working towards putting on a performance of a Shakespeare play. Drama North are running a twelve week drama course at 5 WAYS for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. The course will lead to a public performance of Macbeth and is led by RADA trained actor and drama…

Melanie Smith

Forward Leeds will soon be hosting West Yorkshire’s sole women-only SMART Recovery[1] meeting. It will also be the first ever women-only SMART meeting for Leeds. The new meetings begin on Tuesday 5 March and will be facilitated by Melanie Smith (pictured) at the Forward Leeds hub at Armley Park Court. Melanie said: “I think there…

Nick Gulliford outside 5 WAYS

Leeds based recovery service Learning to Live Again (LTLA) has relocated to 5 WAYS off Burley Road. LTLA has been helping people help themselves in recovery in Leeds for over 10 years. They offer a range of activities for those practising abstinence to socialise and have fun. LTLA will be leading on Brunch Clubs every…

5 WAYS hosted another Open Mic Night on the 8th of February to celebrate the talents of those in recovery. The evening featured spoken-word performers, singer-songwriters, bands, comedians and poets. Complimentary food was provided by the 5 WAYS members who provided a range of curries. Once again the night was a sell out as the recovery…

5 WAYS clients and members enjoyed an introduction to Leeds Art Gallery from artist Amanda Phillips on the 16th January. The visit was to help people realise that the gallery and art has something to offer for everyone.  The tour helped everyone appreciate that their personal reading of a painting, sculpture or installation is relevant…

Entrance to 5 WAYS

5 WAYS @ the Recovery Academy takes its name from the evidence demonstrating the five steps that everyone can take to improve wellbeing: Connect; Be Active; Keep Learning; Give to others; Be Mindful. These values underpin the work 5 WAYS does with its service users, who view the hub as a safe and welcoming place…

Sam Lindley and Dane Gould

Forward Leeds volunteers now have support from two new, experienced Volunteer Coordinators. Sam Lindley and Dane Gould both began their new roles as Volunteer and Peer Mentor Coordinators in December 2018. Sam has worked in alcohol and drug services for 16 years including time as a Recovery Coordinator with Forward Leeds. Dane has over 30…

Leeds based charity PATH Yorkshire have collaborated with 5 WAYS to get three people jobs with Forward Leeds. Since October 2017 Forward Leeds has worked with PATH Yorkshire through the STEP programme and taken four people on placements at 5 WAYS. Out of the four, three of these individuals have now found a job in…

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