Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service are asking people to test their alcohol knowledge with a quiz for Alcohol Awareness Week, the national campaign that runs from 11-17 November. Bill Owen of Forward Leeds said: “As well our quiz, we have a number of events across Leeds where people can chat to us…

For Alcohol Awareness Week 2019 Forward Leeds is encouraging people to test their knowledge around alcohol and the health impacts of drinking. We have created a short quiz to encourage people to start reflecting on their attitudes to drinking. People can then share what they have learned about alcohol on social media using the hashtag…

Around 80 people attended an Alcohol and Drugs Information Event run by Forward Leeds at the Hamara Centre in Beeston, South Leeds. Hamara is the largest ethnic minority organisation in the voluntary and community sector in Leeds. Bill Owen of Forward Leeds said: “It was great to see so many people attend our event. There…

A new NHS Northern Gambling Service has launched with its first base in Leeds. The service is offering treatment and support to the thousands of adults struggling with gambling addiction across the North of England. Consultant Psychologist at Foward Leeds Matthew Gaskell is also the Clinical Lead for the new NHS Northern Gambling Service. He…

On Thursday September 19 the streets of Leeds will host a film festival with a difference. The Recovery Street Film Festival focuses on filmmakers who have a lived experience of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, whether it is themselves or a loved one. Forward Leeds and 5 WAYS have organised the screening of the…

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.

Forward Leeds will be sharing advice and information on what to do in the event of an overdose for International Overdose Awareness Day. International Overdose Awareness Day is on Saturday the 31st of August and Forward Leeds are using this to help members of the public to spot an overdose and understand what to do…

Don’t live in doubt Get tested, get treated What is Hepatitis C? The hepatitis C virus (hep C) is carried in the blood. It affects the liver by preventing it from working properly by infecting the liver cells and causing inflammation. Over time, the inflammation can cause scarring (fibrosis) which could eventually cause significant damage…

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…

Forward Leeds will be offering visitors to Leeds Pride tips on “How to Party Properly” this weekend. It is a part of the Forward Leeds “Wasted this Summer?” campaign, designed to help people make safer choices around alcohol and drugs. Forward Leeds will have a stall in the Market Place area south of Leeds Bridge….

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