“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…

John came to Forward Leeds seeking treatment for his addictions. He worked really hard with support from recovery coordinator and groups. John has gone from sofa surfing and fork lift driving to having his own flat and embarking on a new career helping people with multiple needs. He still attends 5 Ways now where he…

Below are our opening times over the Christmas and New Year period. Tuesday 24th December – 9am to 5pm Wednesday 25th December, Christmas Day – closed Thursday 26th December, Boxing Day – closed Friday 27th December – 9am to 5pm Monday 30th December – 9am to 5pm Tuesday 31st December – 9am to 5pm Wednesday…

Nick came to Forward Leeds when he was struggling with stopping drinking. He worked hard with his recovery worker and went through an alcohol detox. In this video he reflects on his journey from a chaotic lifestyle which was impacting himself and the family and friends around him. Since being abstinent from drink he has…

Jason Dorymeade was supported to stop using drugs completely with help from Forward Leeds. He now comes to 5 WAYS regularly where he continues to receive support from peers as well as staff. In this short film Jason also talks about the improvements that stopping using drugs brought to his family life.

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Normally Forward Leeds offer a variety of face-to-face groups for users of our service. The various group programmes promote recovery by raising knowledge and awareness; developing recovery skills; promoting changes in cognition, emotion and behaviour and providing a forum for mutual support. Unfortunately at the moment, we are unable to offer in-person group activities due…

Eddie Thompson was supported to stop drinking by Forward Leeds after his alcohol use got out of control. He came in to 5 WAYS to talk about how he was helped and what his life is like now that he has stopped drinking. He also talks about the support he got from St Annes Alcohol…

Former users of the Forward Leeds service and staff recently completed the Leeds 10K. A team of 14 runners from Forward Leeds ran the race on the 7 July and raised over £500 for 5 WAYS. A special mention for Dr Paul Bamber who completed the race dressed as a dinosaur. Forward Leeds Area Manager…

Forward Leeds has had its contract extended by Leeds City Council for a further three years. It means Forward Leeds will continue to provide the city’s alcohol and drug service up to July 2023, supporting people in the city with substance misuse issues and promoting prevention work. Since it launched in July 2015, the service…

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