An audience packed into 5 WAYS to enjoy a special Open Mic Night last Friday. The evening of music, comedy and poetry was to celebrate three years since 5 WAYS, the hub for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs in Leeds, began in July 2016. Manager of 5 WAYS Jo Byrden said: “This was…

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…

Jo Byrden image courtesy of the Yorkshire Post

5 WAYS, the Leeds recovery hub will be celebrating three years of successes with two events in July. Open Day On Tuesday 16 July 5 WAYS will be  highlighting the range of work they do to support the Leeds recovery community with an Open Day. Jo Byrden, Manager of 5 WAYS said: “We have had…

5 WAYS hosted another Open Mic Night on the 8th of February to celebrate the talents of those in recovery. The evening featured spoken-word performers, singer-songwriters, bands, comedians and poets. Complimentary food was provided by the 5 WAYS members who provided a range of curries. Once again the night was a sell out as the recovery…

5 WAYS members worked together to create the first pizza evening for themselves. Ben, a 5 WAYS member painted and sold plant pots to buy two pizza ovens. Members rallied round to help Ben decorate 5 WAYS and create a suitable venue, renamed by the members, “Benito’s Pizzaria” for the evening. In the end over…

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…

It was standing room only at 5 WAYS as people packed in to learn the story of R3C0VRY.WRX yesterday. The presentation covered how R3C0VRY.WRX was developed by members of 5 WAYS as an outlet for the creativity of those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. The website offers a place for stories and poetry, art…

A website for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions to show their creative side has been launched in Leeds. The R3C0VRY.WRX site has been set up by 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for people in recovery. Dean Wood, of 5 WAYS, who is an editor of the site, said: “This was the idea…

5 WAYS, the Leeds recovery hub will be celebrating its continuing success with another of its popular Open Mic Nights on the 23rd of February 2018. With performers ranging from musicians and singers to comedians and spoken word performers the night promises to be another night spilling over with creativity. Jo Byrden, manager of 5…

Forward Leeds are supporting Dry January as a public health campaign in 2018. We are encouraging the general public to feel the benefits of a month off alcohol. There are many benefits to a month not drinking. People feel better, sleep better, lose weight and gain pounds in their pocket. They also find they have…

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