Volunteer Frederica Rodrigues

The first week in June is national Volunteers Week, a time for us to say thank you for the contribution of our volunteers. In May 2021 alone, volunteers have given 260 hours of time to Forward Leeds. Volunteer Development Coordinator Danielle O’Connell said: “Volunteers play a huge part of the team here at Forward Leeds….

Staff from Forward Leeds, St James's Hospital and the Hepatitis C Trust

Forward Leeds tested more people for the hepatitis C virus in May 2021 than in all of 2020. The service tested 481 people in May compared to 304 in the whole of 2020. This was as part of a month-long campaign for increased testing called, ‘Be Free of Hep C’. The campaign is a collaboration…

Do Joe Tay Week Teck

Forward Leeds are very pleased to welcome Dr Joe Tay Wee Teck, MB BCh BAO, DCH, MRCGP, MSc (Drug & Alcohol Studies) as the new Clinical Director for the service. Having qualified as a doctor in Ireland in 1999, Joe has worked as a GP and GPSI in drugs and alcohol for 15 years in…

Here are our opening times for the Christmas and New Year period for all three of our hubs in the city and 5 WAYS: Christmas Eve, Thursday 24 December 2020: 9am – 3pm Christmas Day, Friday 25 December 2020: Closed Boxing Day, Saturday 26 December 2020: Closed Sunday 27 December 2020: Closed Monday 28 December…

Changes to the regular online group timetable From 21 December 2020 until 1 January 2021 (inclusive), we will only be running the Wednesday morning Check-in Group. This is partly to give our Group Workers a well-deserved break. The groups will be: Check-in 23rd Dec 11:00am Check-in 30th Dec 11:00am Wonder Women – (Women only) sessions …

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…

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…

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…

“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…

From left to right Robin Whitefield and Lee Wilson

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, last year helped more people than ever reach life-changing personal goals, including becoming abstinent. The service positively discharged 1,549 clients in 2019. That’s 128 more clients than in the previous year and the most since it began in 2015. Operations Director, Leeds Lee Wilson said: “This means…

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