On Saturday 4 September members of the Leeds recovery community stepped onto the paths along the city’s waterways for the Leeds Recovery Walk, to highlight that recovery from substance misuse is not only achievable but something to take pride in as well. The walk is part of a series of national and international events and…

Members of 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for those in recovery from substance misuse, enjoyed an adventure break to the Yorkshire Dales this month. 18 members of 5 WAYS went to Marrick Priory Outdoor Education and Recreation Centre where they were able to take part in, archery, canoeing, high rope walks and rock climbs. They…

5 WAYS workers Kim Kaur and Amy Skelhorn are leading a new initiative for Leeds. They are aiming to work with people, now abstinent from alcohol or drugs, outside of the traditional structure of a drug and alcohol service. Kim said: “We’re taking the same 5 WAYS ethos of connecting with people, learning, being active,…

Alex Langstaff, Karen Tyrell and Leona Graham at the allotment

We’re featuring the 5 WAYS gardening group in Mental Health Awareness Week. ‘The Lost Plot’ allotment on Woodhouse Moor has been running for over five years. It epitomises the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week which is ‘nature’. It provides an opportunity for members of 5 WAYS, the Leeds centre for sustained recovery…

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 …

5 WAYS is the Leeds centre for those in recovery from an alcohol or drug misuse issue. Telephone: 0113 887 2749 email:  5ways@forwardleeds.co.uk facebook: /5WAYSLeeds Twitter: @5WAYSLeeds Face-to-face groups have been re-introduced at 5 WAYS but booking ahead is necessary to attend. These groups are only for 5 WAYS members. View the NEW timetable of activities…

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…

John came to Forward Leeds seeking treatment for his addictions. He worked really hard with support from recovery coordinator and groups. John has gone from sofa surfing and fork lift driving to having his own flat and embarking on a new career helping people with multiple needs. He still attends 5 Ways now where he…

Adam Green, who was supported to stop drinking by Forward Leeds, has set up a running club at 5 WAYS for those in recovery from substance misuse. Adam (pictured above, far right) has a Leadership in Running Fitness qualification and volunteers with Running Fit Yorkshire, a group that encourages people of all ages, abilities and…

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…

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