Coronavirus Latest Information We’re doing everything we can to ensure that people who use our services can continue to receive the best care and support possible during this worrying time. The health of the people who use our services, our staff and volunteers is always our top priority. To help reduce the spread of the…

For people who might be worrying and facing challenging times during this outbreak of COVID-19 we have attached some useful resources. There are still foodbanks that are now putting together ‘grab bags’ that you can collect full of food. For more information please see Food Provision position ‘Children and Families’ is working with schools, the…

Below are answers to some key questions people may have about how our service is operating right now. Which hubs are open? All three of the Forward Leeds treatment hubs in Armley, Seacroft and the city centre are operating to their normal hours. However, 5 WAYS, the sustained recovery hub for those who are abstinent,…

At this difficult time for many when normal routines are being pushed out of place. It can be even more important to try and connect with others and get support. Most mutual aid organisations are now offering online meetings than run alongside face-to-face groups. Therefore, in light of the latest NHS and government recommendations, Forward…

Here are some mindfulness videos that you can follow along. These are good for bringing your focus back to the present and calming your anxiety. These are some simple exercises you can do wherever you are to become more mindful and relaxed. The aim of the exercises is to focus on yourself and release any…

Forward Leeds have had to temporarily suspend all group work, mutual aid sessions and face-to-face appointments. It is also possible that you may have to exercise social distancing measures or even isolate yourselves. We understand that such circumstances may bring about varying levels of psychological distress, so we’ve compiled some handouts and links to videos…

People abstinent from alcohol and drugs are getting fitness training from a former professional boxer at 5 WAYS. Training Cave, a Leeds boxing gym, is offering weekly drop-in boxercise classes for members of 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for those in recovery from substance misuse issues. Manager of 5 WAYS Jo Byrden said: “Everything we…

From left to right Robin Whitefield and Lee Wilson

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, last year helped more people than ever reach life-changing personal goals, including becoming abstinent. The service positively discharged 1,549 clients in 2019. That’s 128 more clients than in the previous year and the most since it began in 2015. Operations Director, Leeds Lee Wilson said: “This means…

Forward Leeds are visiting bars and clubs every Friday night in February to offer information and advice around alcohol and drugs. They are accompanying the Angels of Freedom, a group of volunteers who go out every weekend around the Freedom Quarter of Leeds. The volunteers talk to people about their concerns and offer support to…

Specialist Alcohol and Substance Misuse Practitioners from left to right Chelsey Taylor, Rebecca Grew and Faye Baird

Forward Leeds now have Specialist Alcohol and Drug Practitioners based at the city’s three Early Help Hubs. The Early Help Hubs were set up by Leeds City Council in 2019 to support families and professionals working with families. They offer a single point of contact and offer advice, help and support. They work closely with…

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