Matthew Gaskell

Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead at Forward Leeds, Matthew Gaskell addressed an audience of 150 on why it can be unhelpful to treat addiction as a brain disease . The audience at St. Chads Parish Centre on 1 June 2018 was made up of professionals and interested members of the public who had come to…

More than 20 lives may have been saved following the distribution of naloxone kits, last year. A total of 22 kits, which are administered to people who have overdosed on opiates, have been returned to Forward Leeds since the beginning of March 2017, when our service first began distributing them to clients and their friends…

#RespectTHC posters

Forward Leeds, the alcohol and drug service, is running a new campaign to raise awareness of the increasing strength of cannabis and the issues around heavy use of the drug. Bill Owen, Early Intervention and Prevention Manager at Forward Leeds said of the campaign, which is entitled #RespectTHC, said: “We’re aiming to help people to…

Forward Leeds is increasing its accessibility to the LGBT+ community further through drop in sessions at Yorkshire MESMAC’s city centre location. The sessions take place every second Thursday in the month and are open to anyone whether they have concerns about their alcohol or drug use or just would like more information. Drug and alcohol…

On the 30th of November 5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy, the centre in Leeds for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs, ran its first Open House and was busy throughout the day with over 100 visitors. As well as a chance to look around the recovery centre, visitors could enjoy taster…

Kim Kaur has been appointed to a new role in Leeds, working with those identified as vulnerable, rough sleeping and/or begging to engage them in moving away from a life on the streets. The role, funded by Leeds Council, is about helping the vulnerably-housed to work with local services and agencies towards a healthier and…

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