Maxi Hughes Anna Headley Jermain Beckford and Sean O'Hagan

World boxing champion Maxi Hughes, along with his trainer Sean O’Hagan and Leeds United Legend turned TV pundit Jermaine Beckford, joined almost 100 people who are celebrating their drug and alcohol recovery journeys. The local sports stars handed out certificates at the Forward Leeds Recovery Graduation last Thursday, which marked the achievements of people going…

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…

Nick Rank and John Fox

For World Hepatitis Day, Forward Leeds are spending three days cycling in Penny Pocket Park. The city’s drug and alcohol service is working together with the Hepatitis C Trust to raise awareness of the virus and encourage people to get tested. In the three days up to and including World Hepatitis Day on the 28…

5 WAYS are organising their own Leeds Waterfront Recovery Walk for September, which is National Recovery Month. This is in part because FAVOR UK  have postponed having a Recovery Walk in Newcastle that is open to people nationally until next year. Everyone is welcome to join in and celebrate recovery from issues with alcohol and…

Volunteer Frederica Rodrigues

The first week in June is national Volunteers Week, a time for us to say thank you for the contribution of our volunteers. In May 2021 alone, volunteers have given 260 hours of time to Forward Leeds. Volunteer Development Coordinator Danielle O’Connell said: “Volunteers play a huge part of the team here at Forward Leeds….

Staff from Forward Leeds, St James's Hospital and the Hepatitis C Trust

Forward Leeds tested more people for the hepatitis C virus in May 2021 than in all of 2020. The service tested 481 people in May compared to 304 in the whole of 2020. This was as part of a month-long campaign for increased testing called, ‘Be Free of Hep C’. The campaign is a collaboration…

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…

The Eealy Help Hub team

Forward Leeds staff working in the city’s Early Help Hubs have had their funding approved until March 2022. The Early Help Hubs are run by Leeds City Council to support families and professionals working with families. The hubs offer a single point of contact and offer advice, help and support around a range of issues….

Do Joe Tay Week Teck

Forward Leeds are very pleased to welcome Dr Joe Tay Wee Teck, MB BCh BAO, DCH, MRCGP, MSc (Drug & Alcohol Studies) as the new Clinical Director for the service. Having qualified as a doctor in Ireland in 1999, Joe has worked as a GP and GPSI in drugs and alcohol for 15 years in…

Funding of over £560,000 has been secured by Leeds City Council for Forward Leeds to support rough sleepers tackle their drug and alcohol issues. Plans are being progressed for the creation of a new outreach team to work closely with those in need. Linking in with the city’s wider Leeds Street Support the new team…

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