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Forward Leeds offer a variety of groups for users of our service. The various group programmes promote recovery by raising knowledge and awareness; developing recovery skills; promoting changes in cognition, emotion and behaviour and providing a forum for mutual support. Groups offer family-like experiences Groups help members learn to cope with their substance use and…

Eddie Thompson was supported to stop drinking by Forward Leeds after his alcohol use got out of control. He came in to 5 WAYS to talk about how he was helped and what his life is like now that he has stopped drinking. He also talks about the support he got from St Annes Alcohol…

5 WAYS attracted over 120 visitors to the service on 16 July. The 5 WAYS Open Day, run to celebrate the service’s third birthday, was a real success with over 70 potential new members visiting to get a taste of what is on offer. Staff from other services in Leeds also came along to find…

Forward Leeds has had its contract extended by Leeds City Council for a further three years. It means Forward Leeds will continue to provide the city’s alcohol and drug service up to July 2023, supporting people in the city with substance misuse issues and promoting prevention work. Since it launched in July 2015, the service…

A team of 14 from Foward Leeds are running the Leeds 10K to raise money for 5 WAYS. The team is a mixture of staff and former users of the service. Clinical Director Dr Mark Hallam and Area Manager Helen Cook are amongst those who will take part in the race. Detox worker Iain Cullum…

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, is ‘at the forefront of leading innovative work’ with ‘kind, compassionate and caring staff’, according to a recent report. The comments were made following a recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC say Forward Leeds…

“Forward Leeds has been absolutely crucial in my recovery” Mick Simpson came to Forward Leeds for support to help him stop drinking. Forward Leeds worked with Mick and helped him to get into a residential rehab so that he could begin to build a different life for himself. In this short film, Mick talks about…

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If it wasn’t for Forward Leeds, I would still be stuck in the madness. When I was still using drugs, life was horrendous. I was isolated. I was shoplifting every day. Waking up just thinking, ‘where can I get the money from to score’. For most of my adult life, I was using party drugs….

My life from a young age was challenging and I had to grow up fast. I began drinking at a young age, moved through party drugs and by the age of 15 I was using crack cocaine. That’s why stopping using has been so hard, it’s been ingrained in me since I was a teenager….

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5 WAYS, the Leeds recovery hub will be celebrating three years of successes with two events in July. Open Day On Tuesday 16 July 5 WAYS will be  highlighting the range of work they do to support the Leeds recovery community with an Open Day. Jo Byrden, Manager of 5 WAYS said: “We have had…

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