People abstinent from alcohol and drugs are getting fitness training from a former professional boxer at 5 WAYS. Training Cave, a Leeds boxing gym, is offering weekly drop-in boxercise classes for members of 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for those in recovery from substance misuse issues. Manager of 5 WAYS Jo Byrden said: “Everything we…

Below are details of the courses that are running at 5 WAYS in the first few months of 2020. These are in addition to the groups that are mostly on a drop-in basis. Check the online timetable for more information about what’s on at 5 WAYS. Drug & Alcohol Awareness course The course offers an…

Nick came to Forward Leeds when he was struggling with stopping drinking. He worked hard with his recovery worker and went through an alcohol detox. In this video he reflects on his journey from a chaotic lifestyle which was impacting himself and the family and friends around him. Since being abstinent from drink he has…

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…

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…

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….

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