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…

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…

Claire presenting training

Forward Leeds delivers a range of free, short training courses around drugs and alcohol and the timetable for 2019 is now available. Although it is open to anyone in Leeds this training sessions are primarily aimed at: Leeds City Council teams Social Care staff and similar organisations Charities and third sector organisations The sessions are run…

Below are our opening times over the Christmas and New Year period. Monday 24th December – 9am to 5pm Tuesday 25th December, Christmas Day – closed Wednesday 26th December, Boxing Day – closed Thursday 27th December – 9am to 5pm Friday 28th December – 9am to 5pm Monday 31st December – 9am to 5pm Tuesday…

Becky Carrington has been appointed Domestic Abuse Lead Practitioner covering both Forward Leeds and the Humankind DIP/IOM service in Leeds. This new role provides a city-wide coordinated delivery of support and management of risk to identified domestic violence perpetrators and their families. The role will bring drug, alcohol, criminal justice and domestic abuse services together,…

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