Mark Burton

“I’ve come a long way with the support of Forward Leeds.” Celebrating nine months of sobriety, Darren Hall shares with us how the support of Forward Leeds and the Recovery Academy has helped him get back on his feet.

Leanne came to Forward Leeds when she finally accepted that she had an addiction. She talks about how Forward Leeds has helped her not only to stop drinking but by providing the support that meant she been able to stay away from alcohol after she quit.

Mary Murray

In a short, inspiring interview Mary tells how Forward Leeds has helped her to stop drinking. Mary had been a very heavy drinker for over twenty years but with help and support from Forward Leeds she has been able to stop drinking. More than this though, Mary now has a different, more positive outlook on…

Mark Burton

Mark came into the Recovery Academy to talk to Forward Leeds about how they had helped him with his issues around alcohol but also the support he continues to get from Forward Leeds by coming to the Recovery Academy.

Steve Hodgson

My addiction was the result of heavy drinking and years of abuse of alcohol. My drinking brought on feelings of depression and even at times suicidal thoughts. In addition I could see the effect that my behaviour was having on my friends and family – they were also affected by my drinking. I realised that…

Karl Elliott

Karl Elliott was started drinking at a young age and was a heavy drinker for twenty years. He’s a father in steady employment but he decided that his drinking was getting out of control and came to Forward Leeds to help him get in under control. He’s now stopped drinking and is seeing real benefits in…

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The safest choice is not to drink at all during pregnancy. Did you know? There is emerging evidence that any alcohol during pregnancy is linked to preventable disabilities such as: birth defects behavioural problems learning difficulties growth deficiencies In 2016 the Department of Health has published new guidelines for pregnant women in England, Wales and…

Forward Leeds supports adults and young people to make healthy choices about alcohol and drugs. We reduce risk-taking behaviours through dedicated prevention, early intervention and tailored programmes. Our experts support people to achieve and sustain recovery. Forward Leeds was commissioned by Leeds City Council and the NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group. It is a partnership…

Young People

We have almost 30 volunteers who contribute many hours of their time every month to supporting Forward Leeds. Our volunteers are key to us delivering an effective and successful service. We have a wide range of volunteer roles being filled by people with a variety of skills and experience from different backgrounds People who spend…

 Santa’s Grotto, a mountain of presents, games and activities and a tasty buffet… All you need to have some festive fun!  Substance misuse can affect some of the most deprived people in the city, and for some children who are affected by parental substance misuse, Christmas can be a difficult time of year. From the…

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