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…

My life before Forward Leeds was chaotic. There was no structure to my life. I was like a hamster running on a wheel to stay still. I was drinking heavily, the police were being called, I was being kicked out of houses so I had nowhere to live, I was drink driving and getting locked…

Entrance to 5 WAYS

Beginning on Tuesday 28 May, 5 WAYS members will be able to attend a three week back-to-work programme run by Aspire Education. The Employability programme will be delivered at 5 WAYS for any members wishing to participate. Senior Practitioner at 5 WAYS Helen Mason said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our members to gain…

People in Leeds who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction are to stage a one-off production of Macbeth, directed by a RADA trained former TV actress. The Hurly-Burley Players will be staging Macbeth at the Guiseley Theatre on Wednesday, May 8th. Everyone appearing in the performance is in recovery from problematic alcohol or…

Josh Warrington, Jack Walker, Sean O'Hagan and Anna Headley

World boxing champion Josh Warrington along with his trainer-father Sean O’Hagan and Leeds Rhinos player Jack Walker, handed out certificates at the Forward Leeds Recovery Graduation on the 11 April 2019. The event saw 50 people celebrate their achievement in going through treatment with drug and alcohol service Forward Leeds and who then sustained their…

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…

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…

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