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….

Forward Leeds are having a focus on encouraging people to get tested and treated ahead of World Hepatitis Day. Staff in the Forward Leeds hubs will be wearing t-shirts and wristbands on Friday 26 July to motivate people who may have been at risk to get themselves checked. World Hepatitis Day takes place on Sunday…

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…

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…

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