From July 31 to August 2, Forward Leeds is raising awareness of how people in Leeds can be supported to use residential rehab centres. Residential rehab is a recovery option for anyone aged 18 and over in Leeds and offers a safe, supportive, therapeutic environment for those who have struggled with community based treatment. The…

“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…

Leeds Dual Diagnosis Events The Leeds Dual Diagnosis Network have a number of forthcoming events in Leeds. These are open to anyone with an interest in substance misuse and mental health across the city Autism, ADHD and Substance Misuse Speaker: Dr Conor Davidson, Consultant Psychiatrist, Leeds Autism Diagnostic Service Date: 3 August 2018 This talk will…

5 WAYS’ Grow Together gardeners are now watching over trees planted in memory of Kevin Collinson. Relatives of Kevin used the money raised at his funeral to plant two trees at an allotment run by Grow Together. Kevin died last September, after years of battling alcohol misuse. Claire Doble, Co-Facilitator of the group, said: “We…

A number of former Forward Leeds clients and some still in treatment attended a session at the University of Leeds’ Life Long Learning Centre to gain insights into accessing higher education. ​They met staff from the University as well as the Learning Champions, people with similar life experiences, who have studied at the University. Graham…

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