Bill Owen

The Leeds alcohol and drugs service Forward Leeds are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange. It is part of a campaign led by Forward Leeds during Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to 25rd November to encourage people…

Customers and staff at Paran’s Mini Market in Rothwell raised £200 for Forward Leeds in memory of Billy Ellis who died in September from alcohol poisoning. Billy had worked at the shop on Haigh Road for four years but had recently left to help his mother in her launderette. The money raised will go towards…

For Alcohol Awareness Week Forward Leeds have organised an alcohol awareness event on the 23rd of November in Kirkgate Market where they will be joined by One You Leeds, the NHS, St Annes Community Services and Carers Leeds among others. The aim of the event is to help the public think about their drinking. There are…

Forward Leeds delivered its first “Want to Know More about…Spice” talk at a booked out session on the 8 October. This was the first of four identical planned talks on the drug taking place this month at the Public Health Resource Centre. Forward Leeds’ Brief Intervention Trainer Claire Roberts gave an overview of Synthetic Cannabinoid…

In January 2018 5 WAYS and Forward Leeds began a contract under Careers Yorkshire and Humber and the National Careers Service to help clients progress into work or training. Since 5 WAYS began the programme they’ve seen 87 people, 37 of whom have been supported into some form of learning or sustainable employment, exceeding the…

Forward Leeds we have developed a new leaflet called A Guide to Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists (spice). This has been developed with advice from the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Public Health team at Leeds City Council The aim is to provide simple information about SCRAs (sometimes called spice) to the  public, bust some of the…

This month Leeds City Council unveiled a new partnership approach to safeguarding and supporting those in need on the city’s streets as well as tackling antisocial behaviour often linked with street based lifestyles. The new Safer Leeds Street Support team brings together new and existing resources to work more closely with and support those who…

Staff, volunteers and ex-clients of Forward Leeds were in Shrewsbury for the highlight of Recovery Month the Recovery Walk on Saturday 8 September. The Recovery Walk is the largest event during Recovery Month and takes place in a different town or city in the UK every year. This year is the 10th year of the walk….

5 WAYS @ the Recovery Academy was packed again last Friday night for another sell out Open Mic Night. The 5 WAYS Open Mic nights are an evening of creativity and a great night out. They are  a celebration of the many accomplishments of those who have chosen to turn their back on drink and/or…

Bryn training

Forward Leeds are offering members of the public and interested professionals short overdose awareness sessions in September. The sessions last only 10-15 minutes and cover how to recognise a potential overdose and what to do in the event of an overdose. Forward Leeds staff will also be on hand to answer questions and offer additional…

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