A new team of mental health professionals is reaching out to help people living on the streets and others who are facing homelessness in Leeds. The Specialist Therapeutic Outreach Team is part of Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service. Operational Manager at Forward Leeds, Anne Hobbs, said: “Our workers are there for the…

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Danielle O’Connell has been appointed as the new Volunteering Development Coordinator for Forward Leeds. Danielle previously worked as a Project Coordinator for the national mental health charity Student Minds, which supports students wishing to volunteer. Prior to that she worked for The Challenge, one of the providers of the National Citizen Service, a personal and…

Shaar Jackson, who receives support from Forward Leeds for her issues around alcohol, had her film Emotional Lockdown shortlisted for the Recovery Street Film Festival prize. The shortlist and the winners were announced via a Facebook Live stream that featured actor Jason Flemyng and comedian Russell Brand. Shaar’s film is a very personal one that…

A team of Foward Leeds staff raised £2269 for our Family Plus service. They climbed the three highest peaks in Yorkshire, despite being battered by rain and gales. The team of 14 set off from Horton in Ribblesdale at 7.30am on Saturday 5 September and walked the three peaks clockwise, first Ingleborough then Whernside and…

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Kathryn with son Zac

A team of fourteen from Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, aim to climb the three highest peaks in Yorkshire in one day. The team are raising money for the Family Plus element of their service by taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Family Plus work with the whole family and in…

Nita Panesar holding a naloxone kit

Forward Leeds, the city’s drug and alcohol service is helping to raise awareness of how you can help in the event of witnessing an overdose. To mark International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), which is held globally each year on August 31st, Director Lee Wilson said: “We want everyone to understand that overdose deaths are preventable.”…

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Contents of the "Creativity bags" being provided by Family Plus

The Forward Leeds Family Plus team have ensured they continued to deliver high-quality care to families through the COVID 19 outbreak. The Family Plus team work with parents getting support for alcohol or drug issues alongside their Key Worker. They provide extra support for the whole family including young children. Over the last few months…

Forward Leeds has signed up to a new Hepatitis C Action Plan to mark World Hepatitis Day on 28th July. The action plan aims to further increase testing for Hepatitis C, ensuring specialist pathways and onsite treatment for the virus. Lee Wilson, Operations Director with the Leeds drug and alcohol recovery service, said: “We know…

Josh Warrington, Jack Walker, Sean O'Hagan and Anna Headley

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, is marking five years of successes in July 2020. Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, is marking five years of successes in July 2020. The milestone comes as the service is maintaining its work through the coronavirus lockdown. And it follows the 2019/20 period in…

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Lee Wilson of Forward Leeds

Drug and alcohol recovery workers at Forward Leeds say they are “here to help” people who have become more dependent during the pandemic.      Lee Wilson, Operations Director, Leeds said: “We believe some people may be misusing drink and drugs to cope with boredom, stress, anxiety about the future, about job insecurity and job loss….

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