contents of a craft bag
Contents of the "Creativity bags" being provided by Family Plus

The Forward Leeds Family Plus team have ensured they continued to deliver high-quality care to families through the COVID 19 outbreak. The Family Plus team work with parents getting support for alcohol or drug issues alongside their Key Worker. They provide extra support for the whole family including young children. Over the last few months…

Lee Wilson
Lee Wilson of Forward Leeds

Drug and alcohol recovery workers at Forward Leeds say they are “here to help” people who have become more dependent during the pandemic.      Lee Wilson, Operations Director, Leeds said: “We believe some people may be misusing drink and drugs to cope with boredom, stress, anxiety about the future, about job insecurity and job loss….

Jackie Blackburn outside the Kirkgate hub
Staff member Jackie Blackburn outside the Forward Leeds hub on Kirkgate

From the 15 June Forward Leeds will begin seeing users of its service face-to-face again. Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, has been closed to in-person appointments since lockdown began in England. All consultations with just a few exceptions have been over the phone or online. From Monday 15 June onwards the three…

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…

Below are links to two important documents to help those who have issues with alcohol and/or drugs to stay as safe as possible during the coronavirus outbreak. Below that there are short animations that everyone is free to download and use on their social media to try and keep people safe. Click here to view…

Forward Leeds have had to temporarily suspend all group work, mutual aid sessions and face-to-face appointments. It is also possible that you may have to exercise social distancing measures or even isolate yourselves. We understand that such circumstances may bring about varying levels of psychological distress, so we’ve compiled some handouts and links to videos…

At this difficult time for many when normal routines are being pushed out of place. It can be even more important to try and connect with others and get support. Most mutual aid organisations are now offering online meetings than run alongside face-to-face groups. Therefore, in light of the latest NHS and government recommendations, Forward…

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