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…

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…

Bill Owen of Forward Leeds addresses the audience

Forward Leeds were part of a discussion on mental health, music and drugs at a popular Leeds club night. Mind Dance was a panel discussion at Sheaf Street organised by Voices who are more used to organising club nights in Manchester, London and Leeds as Ossia. The panel featured Bill Owen of Forward Leeds, Leeds…

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 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 by…

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…

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