A new team of mental health professionals is reaching out to help people living on the streets and others who are facing homelessness in Leeds. The Specialist Therapeutic Outreach Team is part of Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service. Operational Manager at Forward Leeds, Anne Hobbs, said: “Our workers are there for the…

5 WAYS is the Leeds centre for those in recovery from an alcohol or drug misuse issue. Telephone: 0113 887 2749 email:  5ways@forwardleeds.co.uk facebook: /5WAYSLeeds Twitter: @5WAYSLeeds We have begun to offer courses, groups and activities at 5 WAYS. At the moment there is a blend of online and at 5 WAYS activities. Please check if…

Kathryn and Zac
Kathryn with son Zac

A team of fourteen from Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, aim to climb the three highest peaks in Yorkshire in one day. The team are raising money for the Family Plus element of their service by taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Family Plus work with the whole family and in…

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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…

Josh Warrington, Jack Walker, Sean O'Hagan and Anna Headley

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, is marking five years of successes in July 2020. Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, is marking five years of successes in July 2020. The milestone comes as the service is maintaining its work through the coronavirus lockdown. And it follows the 2019/20 period in…

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…

“Don’t Live in Doubt”, a short film made by Forward Leeds came second in a competition organised by the Coalition for Global Hepatitis Elimination. The film encourages people to get tested and treated for hepatitis C. It uses the testimonies of those who have been cleared of hepatitis C to emphasise how treatment has improved…

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 answers to some key questions people may have about how our service is operating right now. Which hubs are open? All three of the Forward Leeds treatment hubs in Armley, Seacroft and the city centre are operating to their normal hours. However, 5 WAYS, the sustained recovery hub for those who are abstinent,…

People abstinent from alcohol and drugs are getting fitness training from a former professional boxer at 5 WAYS. Training Cave, a Leeds boxing gym, is offering weekly drop-in boxercise classes for members of 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for those in recovery from substance misuse issues. Manager of 5 WAYS Jo Byrden said: “Everything we…

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