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…

The Hurly-Burley Players put on their first ever production to great acclaim. The Hurly-Burley Players drama troupe from 5 WAYS, the Leeds centre for recovery from substance misuse, staged Macbeth at Guiseley Theatre on 8 May to an almost sold out crowd and received a standing ovation at the end. The play was directed by RADA…

Melanie Smith

Forward Leeds will soon be hosting West Yorkshire’s sole women-only SMART Recovery[1] meeting. It will also be the first ever women-only SMART meeting for Leeds. The new meetings begin on Tuesday 5 March and will be facilitated by Melanie Smith (pictured) at the Forward Leeds hub at Armley Park Court. Melanie said: “I think there…

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…

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…

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…

The family of a Leeds man, who lost his life after battling alcohol misuse, has used the money collected at his funeral to plant trees in his memory. Relatives of Kevin Collinson from Tinshill, who died last September, worked with gardeners from Forward Leeds’ Grow Together group. Members of the group are all in recovery…

5 WAYS will begin hosting Families Anonymous sessions for the first time in January 2018. The meetings will take place every Tuesday evening between 7pm and 8.30pm. Jo Byrden, manager of 5 WAYS said:” We have always been keen for those in recovery to bring family, friends and loved ones to 5 WAYS to see for…

On the 30th of November 5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy, the centre in Leeds for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs, ran its first Open House and was busy throughout the day with over 100 visitors. As well as a chance to look around the recovery centre, visitors could enjoy taster…

Members of 5 WAYS the Leeds Recovery Academy celebrated completing their Introduction to Health and Social Care course with an evening graduation ceremony. The course teaches the students the skills to care for others and the responsibilities of working as in a caring environment. it is an ideal first stage for anyone interested in learning…

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