On Thursday September 19 the streets of Leeds will host a film festival with a difference. The Recovery Street Film Festival focuses on filmmakers who have a lived experience of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, whether it is themselves or a loved one. Forward Leeds and 5 WAYS have organised the screening of the…

Jason Dorymeade was supported to stop using drugs completely with help from Forward Leeds. He now comes to 5 WAYS regularly where he continues to receive support from peers as well as staff. In this short film Jason also talks about the improvements that stopping using drugs brought to his family life.

Former users of the Forward Leeds service along with staff and volunteers paraded through Middlesbrough town centre on Saturday 7 September as part of the UK Recovery Walk. September is Recovery Month and the Recovery Walk is a key date during the month. Every year a different town or city in the UK is chosen…

Entrance to 5 WAYS

5 WAYS has announced a number of new and returning structured courses for the autumn. This includes a new music production course, another chance to undertake the employability programme and a drama course leading to another full-scale theatre production. Senior Practitioner at 5 WAYS Helen Mason said: “We have looked to add breadth to the…

Eddie Thompson was supported to stop drinking by Forward Leeds after his alcohol use got out of control. He came in to 5 WAYS to talk about how he was helped and what his life is like now that he has stopped drinking. He also talks about the support he got from St Annes Alcohol…

An audience packed into 5 WAYS to enjoy a special Open Mic Night last Friday. The evening of music, comedy and poetry was to celebrate three years since 5 WAYS, the hub for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs in Leeds, began in July 2016. Manager of 5 WAYS Jo Byrden said: “This was…

Lisa in Silhouette

If it wasn’t for Forward Leeds, I would still be stuck in the madness. When I was still using drugs, life was horrendous. I was isolated. I was shoplifting every day. Waking up just thinking, ‘where can I get the money from to score’. For most of my adult life, I was using party drugs….

5 WAYS have announced they will be hosting a second back-to-work programme. The Employability Training Programme will be delivered at 5 WAYS again for members who missed out the first time around. The course, run by Aspire Education, will run for three weeks beginning on 24 June. Those wishing to participate in the course should…

My life from a young age was challenging and I had to grow up fast. I began drinking at a young age, moved through party drugs and by the age of 15 I was using crack cocaine. That’s why stopping using has been so hard, it’s been ingrained in me since I was a teenager….

Jo Byrden image courtesy of the Yorkshire Post

5 WAYS, the Leeds recovery hub will be celebrating three years of successes with two events in July. Open Day On Tuesday 16 July 5 WAYS will be  highlighting the range of work they do to support the Leeds recovery community with an Open Day. Jo Byrden, Manager of 5 WAYS said: “We have had…

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