More than 20 lives may have been saved following the distribution of naloxone kits, last year. A total of 22 kits, which are administered to people who have overdosed on opiates, have been returned to Forward Leeds since the beginning of March 2017, when our service first began distributing them to clients and their friends…

Use cannabis, have a view on it or want to find out more? Forward Leeds, the drug and alcohol service, are holding events across Leeds to discuss the impact of cannabis on individuals and the community. We want the views of people that use and the views of those that don’t about cannabis through our…

Last November, Kim Kaur of Forward Leeds, was appointed as a Complex Case Worker, working with those identified as the most hard to reach and difficult to engage in services on the city’s streets. It’s a new role, specially commissioned by Leeds Council, to work alongside the Leeds Street Outreach Service (SOS) team. Kim is…

Rugby league legend Jamie Peacock and Jojo Kelly, from Capital Radio, will hand out certificates at the first Forward Leeds Recovery Graduation. The event will be the first of its kind in Leeds, with almost 70 people who have been through treatment with Forward Leeds and sustained their recovery through 5 WAYS expected attending to gain…

#RespectTHC posters

Forward Leeds, the alcohol and drug service, is running a new 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: “We’re aiming to help people to…

What is cananabis Cannabis is a herbal substance with two main active ingredients, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the chemical that gets you high. THC changes the amounts of pleasure in the brain but can also provoke a ‘fight or flight’ response leading to anxiety. CBD works on the pain and mood management…

Forward Leeds workers were at an International Women’s Day 2018, organised by Leeds City Council at Kirkgate Market. EIP worker, Dimitra Sampani, said: “It’s important for women to realise that our service is there for them. That whatever their question, they can speak to us, be taken seriously and treated with respect”. Dimitra added: “We…

Forward Leeds is increasing its accessibility to the LGBT+ community further through drop in sessions at Yorkshire MESMAC’s city centre location. The sessions take place every second Thursday in the month and are open to anyone whether they have concerns about their alcohol or drug use or just would like more information. Drug and alcohol…

5 WAYS, the recovery hub for Leeds, recently passed over 200 members and on the 23rd of February celebrated its continuing success with another of its popular Open Mic Nights. Acts ranged from musicians and comedians to singers and spoken word performers. Jo Byrden, manager of 5 WAYS said: “The Open Mic Nights are a great…

5 WAYS, the Leeds recovery hub will be celebrating its continuing success with another of its popular Open Mic Nights on the 23rd of February 2018. With performers ranging from musicians and singers to comedians and spoken word performers the night promises to be another night spilling over with creativity. Jo Byrden, manager of 5…

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