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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Forward Leeds offer a variety of 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. Groups offer family-like experiences Groups help members learn to cope with their substance use and…

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…

“Forward Leeds has been absolutely crucial in my recovery” Mick Simpson came to Forward Leeds for support to help him stop drinking. Forward Leeds worked with Mick and helped him to get into a residential rehab so that he could begin to build a different life for himself. In this short film, Mick talks about…

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If it wasn’t for Forward Leeds, I would still be stuck in the madness. When I was still using drugs, life was horrendous. I was isolated. I was shoplifting every day. Waking up just thinking, ‘where can I get the money from to score’. For most of my adult life, I was using party drugs….

The latest print issue of the Forward Leeds newsletter is available. Copies are available to pick up at all of our hubs in the city. In the Summer 2019 issue Josh Warrington at our Recovery Graduation Forward Leeds leads the way, say inspectors We tell world experts about our new approach to spice danger Talk…

My life from a young age was challenging and I had to grow up fast. I began drinking at a young age, moved through party drugs and by the age of 15 I was using crack cocaine. That’s why stopping using has been so hard, it’s been ingrained in me since I was a teenager….

My life before Forward Leeds was chaotic. There was no structure to my life. I was like a hamster running on a wheel to stay still. I was drinking heavily, the police were being called, I was being kicked out of houses so I had nowhere to live, I was drink driving and getting locked…

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