Volunteer Coordinator Sam Lindley and Area Manager Helen Cook

Forward Leeds have successfully retained their Volunteer Kitemark for another three years. The kitemark is awarded by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) and recognises organisations or where volunteers receive a high quality, positive volunteering experience. Forward Leeds Area Manager Helen Cook (above right) said: We’re delighted that the volunteer programme at Forward Leeds has been recognised…

A range of Leeds venues took part in night-time economy training from Forward Leeds to help them keep their patrons as safe as possible. The training is designed to allow staff to create a safer drinking environment and reduce alcohol-related harm in their venues. The short course covers alcohol awareness, harm reduction and information about…

“Don’t Live in Doubt”, a short film made by Forward Leeds is being shown on the big screen in Millennium Square in the centre of Leeds. The film encourages people to get tested and treated for hepatitis C. It uses the testimonies of those who have been cleared of hepatitis C to emphasise how treatment…

The Hurly-Burley Players received a standing ovation for their production of Cluedo last night. The theatre company, made up of volunteers and members from 5 WAYS in Leeds who are in recovery from substance misuse, staged their hilarious whodunit in front of a full house at Guiseley Theatre. The play had been written for them…

Forward Leeds workers will be at Leeds train station on Friday, 29th November as part of the city’s Operation Nightsafe2 weekend. The coordinated campaign which includes West Yorkshire Police, Safer Leeds and City Centre Management will also see our team staff a stall at the Trinity Centre on Saturday 30 November. Operation Nightsafe2 aims to…

CJ

CJ was supported by Forward Leeds to stop using drugs and alcohol. He was using a combination of alcohol, cannabis and MDMA. In part, this was to allow CJ to manage issues around his mental health. He became increasingly dependent upon these substances, eventually ending up in hospital.

Nick came to Forward Leeds when he was struggling with stopping drinking. He worked hard with his recovery worker and went through an alcohol detox. In this video he reflects on his journey from a chaotic lifestyle which was impacting himself and the family and friends around him. Since being abstinent from drink he has…

Chief Executive of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan

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…

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