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…

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…

Alex Langstaff, Karen Tyrell and Leona Graham at the allotment

We’re featuring the 5 WAYS gardening group in Mental Health Awareness Week. ‘The Lost Plot’ allotment on Woodhouse Moor has been running for over five years. It epitomises the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week which is ‘nature’. It provides an opportunity for members of 5 WAYS, the Leeds centre for sustained recovery…

Do Joe Tay Week Teck

Forward Leeds are very pleased to welcome Dr Joe Tay Wee Teck, MB BCh BAO, DCH, MRCGP, MSc (Drug & Alcohol Studies) as the new Clinical Director for the service. Having qualified as a doctor in Ireland in 1999, Joe has worked as a GP and GPSI in drugs and alcohol for 15 years in…

5 WAYS is the Leeds centre for those in recovery from an alcohol or drug misuse issue. Telephone: 0113 887 2749 email:  5ways@forwardleeds.co.uk facebook: /5WAYSLeeds Twitter: @5WAYSLeeds Face-to-face groups have been re-introduced at 5 WAYS but booking ahead is necessary to attend. These groups are only for 5 WAYS members. View the NEW timetable of activities…

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Contents of the "Creativity bags" being provided by Family Plus

The Forward Leeds Family Plus team have ensured they continued to deliver high-quality care to families through the COVID 19 outbreak. The Family Plus team work with parents getting support for alcohol or drug issues alongside their Key Worker. They provide extra support for the whole family including young children. Over the last few months…

Lee Wilson

The flexibility and innovation shown by the alcohol and drug treatment sector across the UK has been phenomenal and we are very proud of how Forward Leeds is working collaboratively to meet service user needs. Forward Leeds and our aftercare service 5 WAYS have put in place a comprehensive programme that continues to support people…

Forward Leeds have had to temporarily suspend all group work, mutual aid sessions and face-to-face appointments. It is also possible that you may have to exercise social distancing measures or even isolate yourselves. We understand that such circumstances may bring about varying levels of psychological distress, so we’ve compiled some handouts and links to videos…

From left to right Robin Whitefield and Lee Wilson

Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, last year helped more people than ever reach life-changing personal goals, including becoming abstinent. The service positively discharged 1,549 clients in 2019. That’s 128 more clients than in the previous year and the most since it began in 2015. Operations Director, Leeds Lee Wilson said: “This means…

Mark has changed his life around completely. He was previously in prison and struggling with a drug addiction. He has come through Forward Leeds, now attends 5 Ways and has thrown him self fully into his new lifestyle. Mark has completed courses 5 Ways offer and is aiming to become a peer mentor, working with…

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