It was standing room only at 5 WAYS as people packed in to learn the story of R3C0VRY.WRX yesterday. The presentation covered how R3C0VRY.WRX was developed by members of 5 WAYS as an outlet for the creativity of those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. The website offers a place for stories and poetry, art…

A website for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions to show their creative side has been launched in Leeds. The R3C0VRY.WRX site has been set up by 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for people in recovery. Dean Wood, of 5 WAYS, who is an editor of the site, said: “This was the idea…

A number of former Forward Leeds clients who obtained a Level 2 Certificate in Health and Social Care attended their graduation at 5 WAYS last night (3 May 2018). The Certa accredited course had been delivered over eight months at 5 WAYS by teacher Tim Wood supported by Martin Barrett in conjunction with The Cardigan…

A number of former Forward Leeds clients and some still in treatment attended a session at the University of Leeds’ Life Long Learning Centre to gain insights into accessing higher education. ​They met staff from the University as well as the Learning Champions, people with similar life experiences, who have studied at the University. Graham…

Since the beginning of April 2017 Forward Leeds has supported 466 of its clients into employment, and 125 into training or education. Joy Archer, Education, Training and Employment Coordinator for Forward Leeds said: “These figures show how proactive Forward Leeds and our Recovery Coordinators are in the way they support, motivate and signpost our clients.”…

Members of the 5 WAYS Grow Together group have created a colourful mosaic as an entrance sign to their allotment at Woodhouse Moor. The group took over an abandoned allotment plot in July 2016 and had to cut down six foot high vegetation before they could begin work. Claire Doble, co-facilitator of the group said: …

Members of 5 WAYS the Leeds Recovery Academy celebrated completing their Introduction to Health and Social Care course with an evening graduation ceremony. The course teaches the students the skills to care for others and the responsibilities of working as in a caring environment. it is an ideal first stage for anyone interested in learning…

5 Ways Logo

On the 30th of June, The Recovery Academy, run by Forward Leeds, was renamed the 5 WAYS @ the Recovery Academy. The name, which was chosen by the current members, reflects the five ways to improve mental well-being. A new logo and branding has been created for 5 WAYS that reflects this. 5 WAYS takes…

​A dozen Forward Leeds clients, some still in treatment and some former clients attended a session at the University of Leeds to gain insights into accessing further and higher education. Graham Hale, Education, Training and Employment Worker for Forward Leeds said: “It was like watching lightbulbs go on above our clients heads. They realised that…

For the first time, Forward Leeds are putting detox in the spotlight. We are focusing from June 13-15 on raising clients’ knowledge of what support there is for when they go through detox. Detoxification (detox for short) means the removal of toxic substances from the human body and also refers to the period when the…

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