5 WAYS attracted over 120 visitors to the service on 16 July. The 5 WAYS Open Day, run to celebrate the service’s third birthday, was a real success with over 70 potential new members visiting to get a taste of what is on offer. Staff from other services in Leeds also came along to find…

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…

For the second year Forward Leeds had a team in the Dragon Boat Races at the Leeds Waterfront Festival Forward Leeds also had a stand and spoke to a range of visitors throughout the day answering questions about alcohol and drugs. Kathryn Blackburn, who organised the day for Forward Leeds said: “For Forward Leeds being…

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, is ‘at the forefront of leading innovative work’ with ‘kind, compassionate and caring staff’, according to a recent report. The comments were made following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC say Forward Leeds…

“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…

Lisa in Silhouette

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….

It’s Volunteers’ Week and we spoke to Julie Clarke, one of our volunteers about her role. “I decided to volunteer with Forward Leeds, when a very close friend died and I felt I needed another focus. I’ve experienced mental health issues myself and alcohol issues within my family. Forward Leeds seemed the perfect place to…

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…

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…

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