Maxi Hughes Anna Headley Jermain Beckford and Sean O'Hagan

World boxing champion Maxi Hughes, along with his trainer Sean O’Hagan and Leeds United Legend turned TV pundit Jermaine Beckford, joined almost 100 people who are celebrating their drug and alcohol recovery journeys. The local sports stars handed out certificates at the Forward Leeds Recovery Graduation last Thursday, which marked the achievements of people going…

On Saturday 4 September members of the Leeds recovery community stepped onto the paths along the city’s waterways for the Leeds Recovery Walk, to highlight that recovery from substance misuse is not only achievable but something to take pride in as well. The walk is part of a series of national and international events and…

Woman holding naloxone kit

To mark International Overdose Awareness Day, Forward Leeds will be giving out advice in Leeds city centre on Tuesday 31 August about what to do if you suspect someone is overdosing. As part of their response to the increasing number of people dying as a result of drugs each year, the city’s alcohol and drug…

Members of 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for those in recovery from substance misuse, enjoyed an adventure break to the Yorkshire Dales this month. 18 members of 5 WAYS went to Marrick Priory Outdoor Education and Recreation Centre where they were able to take part in, archery, canoeing, high rope walks and rock climbs. They…

5 WAYS workers Kim Kaur and Amy Skelhorn are leading a new initiative for Leeds. They are aiming to work with people, now abstinent from alcohol or drugs, outside of the traditional structure of a drug and alcohol service. Kim said: “We’re taking the same 5 WAYS ethos of connecting with people, learning, being active,…

Nick Rank and John Fox

For World Hepatitis Day, Forward Leeds are spending three days cycling in Penny Pocket Park. The city’s drug and alcohol service is working together with the Hepatitis C Trust to raise awareness of the virus and encourage people to get tested. In the three days up to and including World Hepatitis Day on the 28…

For World Hepatitis Day 2021, Forward Leeds are spending three days cycling in Penny Pocket Park. The city’s drug and alcohol service is working together with the Hepatitis C Trust to raise awareness of the virus and encourage people to get tested. In the three days up to and including World Hepatitis Day on the…

5 WAYS are organising their own Leeds Waterfront Recovery Walk for September, which is National Recovery Month. This is in part because FAVOR UK  have postponed having a Recovery Walk in Newcastle that is open to people nationally until next year. Everyone is welcome to join in and celebrate recovery from issues with alcohol and…

Volunteer Frederica Rodrigues

The first week in June is national Volunteers Week, a time for us to say thank you for the contribution of our volunteers. In May 2021 alone, volunteers have given 260 hours of time to Forward Leeds. Volunteer Development Coordinator Danielle O’Connell said: “Volunteers play a huge part of the team here at Forward Leeds….

Staff from Forward Leeds, St James's Hospital and the Hepatitis C Trust

Forward Leeds tested more people for the hepatitis C virus in May 2021 than in all of 2020. The service tested 481 people in May compared to 304 in the whole of 2020. This was as part of a month-long campaign for increased testing called, ‘Be Free of Hep C’. The campaign is a collaboration…

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