The Hurly-Burley Players put on their first ever production to great acclaim. The Hurly-Burley Players drama troupe from 5 WAYS, the Leeds centre for recovery from substance misuse, staged Macbeth at Guiseley Theatre on 8 May to an almost sold out crowd and received a standing ovation at the end. The play was directed by RADA…

People in Leeds who are in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction are to stage a one-off production of Macbeth, directed by a RADA trained former TV actress. The Hurly-Burley Players will be staging Macbeth at the Guiseley Theatre on Wednesday, May 8th. Everyone appearing in the performance is in recovery from problematic alcohol or…

Josh Warrington, Jack Walker, Sean O'Hagan and Anna Headley

World boxing champion Josh Warrington along with his trainer-father Sean O’Hagan and Leeds Rhinos player Jack Walker, handed out certificates at the Forward Leeds Recovery Graduation on the 11 April 2019. The event saw 50 people celebrate their achievement in going through treatment with drug and alcohol service Forward Leeds and who then sustained their…

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, are offering a ground breaking approach to the growing national problem of Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists, known on the UK streets as ‘Spice’. Forward Leeds workers and those accessing their services raised the need for new ways of helping those using the drug that address the service…

#RespectTHC posters

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, is re- running its campaign to raise awareness of the increasing strength of cannabis and the issues around heavy use of the drug. Bill Owen, Early Intervention and Prevention Manager at Forward Leeds said of the campaign, which is entitled #RespectTHC, said: “The aim is to help…

Forward Leeds and Leeds City Council have developed maps to show where people can safely dispose of used injecting equipment in Leeds. The Bin the Pin maps show the locations of the six recently installed street bins and lists all of the Leeds pharmacies where people can return used syringes, needles and other supplies. Jackie…

Forward Leeds along with Leeds City Council and NHS Leeds are running a campaign aimed at 18-25 year olds in Leeds to encourage responsible drinking. The No Regrets campaign draws from the regretful experiences of young adults across Leeds, turning these into positive messages that help young adults to think more wisely about their behaviour….

Melanie Smith

Forward Leeds will soon be hosting West Yorkshire’s sole women-only SMART Recovery[1] meeting. It will also be the first ever women-only SMART meeting for Leeds. The new meetings begin on Tuesday 5 March and will be facilitated by Melanie Smith (pictured) at the Forward Leeds hub at Armley Park Court. Melanie said: “I think there…

5 WAYS hosted another Open Mic Night on the 8th of February to celebrate the talents of those in recovery. The evening featured spoken-word performers, singer-songwriters, bands, comedians and poets. Complimentary food was provided by the 5 WAYS members who provided a range of curries. Once again the night was a sell out as the recovery…

Entrance to 5 WAYS

5 WAYS @ the Recovery Academy takes its name from the evidence demonstrating the five steps that everyone can take to improve wellbeing: Connect; Be Active; Keep Learning; Give to others; Be Mindful. These values underpin the work 5 WAYS does with its service users, who view the hub as a safe and welcoming place…

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