Funding of over £560,000 has been secured by Leeds City Council for Forward Leeds to support rough sleepers tackle their drug and alcohol issues. Plans are being progressed for the creation of a new outreach team to work closely with those in need. Linking in with the city’s wider Leeds Street Support the new team…

Here are our opening times for the Christmas and New Year period for all three of our hubs in the city and 5 WAYS: Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December 2020: 9am – 3pm Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020: Closed Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020: Closed Sunday 27 December 2020: Closed Monday 28 December…

Changes to the regular online group timetable From 21 December 2020 until 1 January 2021 (inclusive), we will only be running the Wednesday morning Check-in Group. This is partly to give our Group Workers a well-deserved break. The groups will be: Check-in 23rd Dec 11:00am Check-in 30th Dec 11:00am Wonder Women – (Women only) sessions …

In the New Year, for the first time, Forward Leeds will be looking to recruit trainees. If you want to work in the alcohol and drug support sector then here’s a great trainee opportunity. Forward Leeds will be looking to recruit three fixed term, full-time Trainee Recovery Coordinators. One for each of our three main…

Forward Leeds has partnered with online provider DrinkCoach to help people in Leeds cut down on their drinking Launching in Alcohol Awareness Week, DrinkCoach has a downloadable app and a website full of useful information. It also includes a test people can take to get immediate feedback on their drinking habits. There are also free…

(l to r) Kirkgate Market Manager Steve Mason, Malcolm Leary and Danny Malin of Malcolm Michaels Butchers and Georgina Davis from the Family Plus team at Forward Leeds

A Leeds butcher is asking people to donate presents for the children of those getting help for alcohol and drug misuse. Malcolm Leary, who runs Malcolm Michaels Butchers in Kirkgate Market, is asking people to leave Christmas presents by his shop that will be given to the children of people being supported by Forward Leeds,…

For Alcohol Awareness Week this year Forward Leeds is offering a FREE short training session on “Alcohol and Mental Health”. The session will cover how alcohol can affect people’s general mental health. This course will be delivered by our specialist training team and will cover: Alcohol units and why they matter How alcohol alters the…

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…

Danielle

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…

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