5 WAYS members worked together to create the first pizza evening for themselves. Ben, a 5 WAYS member painted and sold plant pots to buy two pizza ovens. Members rallied round to help Ben decorate 5 WAYS and create a suitable venue, renamed by the members, “Benito’s Pizzaria” for the evening. In the end over…

Dane began drinking heavily as a student. From there his drinking steadily became heavier. Eventually he came to Forward Leeds for help. In this short film Dane talks about some of the ways in which Forward Leeds and 5 WAYS helped him to stop drinking and to sustain his recovery.

It was standing room only at 5 WAYS as people packed in to learn the story of R3C0VRY.WRX yesterday. The presentation covered how R3C0VRY.WRX was developed by members of 5 WAYS as an outlet for the creativity of those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. The website offers a place for stories and poetry, art…

Matthew Gaskell

Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead at Forward Leeds, Matthew Gaskell addressed an audience of 150 on why it can be unhelpful to treat addiction as a brain disease . The audience at St. Chads Parish Centre on 1 June 2018 was made up of professionals and interested members of the public who had come to…

A website for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions to show their creative side has been launched in Leeds. The R3C0VRY.WRX site has been set up by 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for people in recovery. Dean Wood, of 5 WAYS, who is an editor of the site, said: “This was the idea…

5 Ways @ the Recovery Academy provided an enjoyable afternoon for visiting clients from the St. Anne’s Residential Detox and Rehabilitation Services. Those attending were blown away by a magic show provided by Tony Sunderland from St. Anne’s. Lunch was provided on the roof terrace and the day ended with a quiz delivered by the…

A number of former Forward Leeds clients who obtained a Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care attended their graduation at 5 WAYS last night (3 May 2018). The Certa accredited course had been delivered over eight months at 5 WAYS by teacher Tim Wood supported by Martin Barrett in conjunction with The Cardigan…

5 WAYS’ Grow Together gardeners are now watching over trees planted in memory of Kevin Collinson. Relatives of Kevin used the money raised at his funeral to plant two trees at an allotment run by Grow Together. Kevin died last September, after years of battling alcohol misuse. Claire Doble, Co-Facilitator of the group, said: “We…

Garry Craven

Garry had been addicted to drugs on and off for almost 30 years. He came to Forward Leeds for help following another relapse and got help from the detox team and a number of members of staff. Garry then attended 5 WAYS to sustain his recovery. Garry currently volunteers at the WY-FI project in Leeds.

Since the beginning of April 2017 Forward Leeds has supported 466 of its clients into employment, and 125 into training or education. Joy Archer, Education, Training and Employment Coordinator for Forward Leeds said: “These figures show how proactive Forward Leeds and our Recovery Coordinators are in the way they support, motivate and signpost our clients.”…

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