Last week’s ‘Focus on Rehab’ provided 30 new referrals into the Forward Leeds team for rehab preparation. The public were able to chat with staff and clients from ten different residential rehabs across the Forward Leeds hubs to discuss options for treatment. They were also able to talk to rehab workers, detox workers at Forward…

Forward Leeds offered visitors to Leeds Pride tips on “How to Party Properly” last Sunday. It was all part of the Forward Leeds “Wasted this Summer?” campaign, designed to help people make safer choices around alcohol and drugs. The team spoke to over 200 people in the Pride Market Place throughout the course of the…

Dane began drinking heavily as a student. From there his drinking steadily became heavier. Eventually he came to Forward Leeds for help. In this short film Dane talks about some of the ways in which Forward Leeds and 5 WAYS helped him to stop drinking and to sustain his recovery.

“Wasted this Summer?” is the question from Forward Leeds Wasted this summer is the title of a campaign aimed at helping people in Leeds to make wiser choices about their behaviour over the summer. Forward Leeds are distributing leaflets, postcards and posters across the city with their messages on them and will also be sharing…

A “high quality” drug and alcohol recovery service which has made a “positive impact” across Leeds is celebrating its third anniversary. Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug support service has helped over 4,000 adults and 700 young people to meet their treatment goals since it began in July 2015. Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City…

Forward Leeds had a team in the Dragon Boat Races at the Leeds Waterfront Festival on Saturday 23 June and a stand offering advice and information around alcohol and drugs. Although Forward Leeds did not win the overall competition the team raised almost £1000 for the Family Plus team who run groups and activities with…

5 WAYS’ Grow Together gardeners are now watching over trees planted in memory of Kevin Collinson. Relatives of Kevin used the money raised at his funeral to plant two trees at an allotment run by Grow Together. Kevin died last September, after years of battling alcohol misuse. Claire Doble, Co-Facilitator of the group, said: “We…

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…

Garry Craven

Garry had been addicted to drugs on and off for almost 30 years. He came to Forward Leeds for help following another relapse and got help from the detox team and a number of members of staff. Garry then attended 5 WAYS to sustain his recovery. Garry currently volunteers at the WY-FI project in Leeds.

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