5 WAYS @ the Recovery Academy was packed again last Friday night for another sell out Open Mic Night. The 5 WAYS Open Mic nights are an evening of creativity and a great night out. They are  a celebration of the many accomplishments of those who have chosen to turn their back on drink and/or…

Last week’s ‘Focus on Rehab’ provided 30 new referrals into the Forward Leeds team for rehab preparation. The public were able to chat with staff and clients from ten different residential rehabs across the Forward Leeds hubs to discuss options for treatment. They were also able to talk to rehab workers, detox workers at Forward…

Forward Leeds offered visitors to Leeds Pride tips on “How to Party Properly” last Sunday. It was all part of the Forward Leeds “Wasted this Summer?” campaign, designed to help people make safer choices around alcohol and drugs. The team spoke to over 200 people in the Pride Market Place throughout the course of the…

Drug and alcohol recovery service, Forward Leeds, is focusing on raising awareness from July 31-August 2 of its efforts to support people in Leeds into residential rehabilitation centres. Forward Leeds offers out of area residential rehab as a recovery option from alcohol and drugs for anyone over the age of 18 years who lives in…

“Wasted this Summer?” is the question from Forward Leeds Wasted this summer is the title of a campaign aimed at helping people in Leeds to make wiser choices about their behaviour over the summer. Forward Leeds are distributing leaflets, postcards and posters across the city with their messages on them and will also be sharing…

Your Guide to Partying Properly You can download posters from the bottom of this webpage. Prepare yourself … Eating certainly isn’t cheating, line your stomach by having a bite to eat before you head out. Don’t cut the party short, party right this summer. Before you head out, think about how you’ll get home. Make…

Forward Leeds had a team in the Dragon Boat Races at the Leeds Waterfront Festival on Saturday 23 June and a stand offering advice and information around alcohol and drugs. Although Forward Leeds did not win the overall competition the team raised almost £1000 for the Family Plus team who run groups and activities with…

Forward Leeds are running free training sessions on young people and cannabis alongside their latest campaign “Highs of Leeds” a campaign aimed at educating and informing young people about cannabis. The sessions are available for police, heath care specialists, social services professionals, teachers and anyone with an interest in this area. Jan Burkhardt, Health Information…

Matthew Gaskell

Consultant Psychologist and Clinical Lead at Forward Leeds, Matthew Gaskell addressed an audience of 150 on why it can be unhelpful to treat addiction as a brain disease . The audience at St. Chads Parish Centre on 1 June 2018 was made up of professionals and interested members of the public who had come to…

A website for people in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions to show their creative side has been launched in Leeds. The R3C0VRY.WRX site has been set up by 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for people in recovery. Dean Wood, of 5 WAYS, who is an editor of the site, said: “This was the idea…

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