Volunteer Coordinator Sam Lindley and Area Manager Helen Cook

Forward Leeds have successfully retained their Volunteer Kitemark for another three years. The kitemark is awarded by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) and recognises organisations or where volunteers receive a high quality, positive volunteering experience. Forward Leeds Area Manager Helen Cook (above right) said: We’re delighted that the volunteer programme at Forward Leeds has been recognised…

A range of Leeds venues took part in night-time economy training from Forward Leeds to help them keep their patrons as safe as possible. The training is designed to allow staff to create a safer drinking environment and reduce alcohol-related harm in their venues. The short course covers alcohol awareness, harm reduction and information about…

Adam Green, who was supported to stop drinking by Forward Leeds, has set up a running club at 5 WAYS for those in recovery from substance misuse. Adam (pictured above, far right) has a Leadership in Running Fitness qualification and volunteers with Running Fit Yorkshire, a group that encourages people of all ages, abilities and…

Below are details of the courses that are running at 5 WAYS in the first few months of 2020. These are in addition to the groups that are mostly on a drop-in basis. Check the online timetable for more information about what’s on at 5 WAYS. Drug & Alcohol Awareness course The course offers an…

Below are our opening times over the Christmas and New Year period. Tuesday 24th December – 9am to 5pm Wednesday 25th December, Christmas Day – closed Thursday 26th December, Boxing Day – closed Friday 27th December – 9am to 5pm Monday 30th December – 9am to 5pm Tuesday 31st December – 9am to 5pm Wednesday…

“Don’t Live in Doubt”, a short film made by Forward Leeds is being shown on the big screen in Millennium Square in the centre of Leeds. The film encourages people to get tested and treated for hepatitis C. It uses the testimonies of those who have been cleared of hepatitis C to emphasise how treatment…

The Hurly-Burley Players received a standing ovation for their production of Cluedo last night. The theatre company, made up of volunteers and members from 5 WAYS in Leeds who are in recovery from substance misuse, staged their hilarious whodunit in front of a full house at Guiseley Theatre. The play had been written for them…

Forward Leeds workers will be at Leeds train station on Friday, 29th November as part of the city’s Operation Nightsafe2 weekend. The coordinated campaign which includes West Yorkshire Police, Safer Leeds and City Centre Management will also see our team staff a stall at the Trinity Centre on Saturday 30 November. Operation Nightsafe2 aims to…

People in Leeds in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction are to stage a one-off production of Cluedo, written and directed by a RADA trained former TV actress. The Hurly-Burley Players will be staging the light-hearted whodunit Cluedo at the Guiseley Theatre on Wednesday, December 4th. The whole cast is in recovery from problematic alcohol…

CJ

CJ was supported by Forward Leeds to stop using drugs and alcohol. He was using a combination of alcohol, cannabis and MDMA. In part, this was to allow CJ to manage issues around his mental health. He became increasingly dependent upon these substances, eventually ending up in hospital.

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