A T rex seen dancing around the streets of Bradford since the coronavirus lockdown began has been revealed to be Forward Leeds’s Dr Paul Bamber. Paul has been going out every day since Easter Saturday dressed as Dorothy the Dinosaur. He’s been skipping, skating and cycling around Idle and Thackley in north Bradford lifting the…

Lee Wilson

The flexibility and innovation shown by the alcohol and drug treatment sector across the UK has been phenomenal and we are very proud of how Forward Leeds is working collaboratively to meet service user needs. Forward Leeds and our aftercare service 5 WAYS have put in place a comprehensive programme that continues to support people…

5 WAYS is the Leeds centre for those in recovery from an alcohol or drug misuse issue. 5 WAYS is currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak but you can still get in touch with us. Telephone: 0113 887 2749 email:  5ways@forwardleeds.co.uk facebook: /5WAYSLeeds Twitter: @5WAYSLeeds We are exploring ways of offering groups and activities online….

Below are answers to some key questions people may have about how our service is operating right now. Which hubs are open? All three of the Forward Leeds treatment hubs in Armley, Seacroft and the city centre are operating to their normal hours. However, 5 WAYS, the sustained recovery hub for those who are abstinent,…

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…

From left to right Robin Whitefield and Lee Wilson

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, last year helped more people than ever reach life-changing personal goals, including becoming abstinent. The service positively discharged 1,549 clients in 2019. That’s 128 more clients than in the previous year and the most since it began in 2015. Operations Director, Leeds Lee Wilson said: “This means…

Theresa shares her story with us. She went from drinking every day to turning her whole life around and starting over. She came through Forward Leeds and has been going to 5 Ways for two years. She has made new friends through 5 Ways, new hobbies and time for herself. Theresa is now abstinent from…

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…

Specialist Alcohol and Substance Misuse Practitioners from left to right Chelsey Taylor, Rebecca Grew and Faye Baird

Forward Leeds now have Specialist Alcohol and Drug Practitioners based at the city’s three Early Help Hubs. The Early Help Hubs were set up by Leeds City Council in 2019 to support families and professionals working with families. They offer a single point of contact and offer advice, help and support. They work closely with…

A range of Leeds venues took part in night-time economy training from Forward Leeds to help them keep their patrons as safe as possible. The training is designed to allow staff to create a safer drinking environment and reduce alcohol-related harm in their venues. The short course covers alcohol awareness, harm reduction and information about…

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