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….

Jo Byrden image courtesy of the Yorkshire Post

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…

My life before Forward Leeds was chaotic. There was no structure to my life. I was like a hamster running on a wheel to stay still. I was drinking heavily, the police were being called, I was being kicked out of houses so I had nowhere to live, I was drink driving and getting locked…

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…

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…

Members of 5 WAYS are currently working towards putting on a performance of a Shakespeare play. Drama North are running a twelve week drama course at 5 WAYS for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. The course will lead to a public performance of Macbeth and is led by RADA trained actor and drama…

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…

Nick Gulliford outside 5 WAYS

Leeds based recovery service Learning to Live Again (LTLA) has relocated to 5 WAYS off Burley Road. LTLA has been helping people help themselves in recovery in Leeds for over 10 years. They offer a range of activities for those practising abstinence to socialise and have fun. LTLA will be leading on Brunch Clubs every…

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…

5 WAYS clients and members enjoyed an introduction to Leeds Art Gallery from artist Amanda Phillips on the 16th January. The visit was to help people realise that the gallery and art has something to offer for everyone.  The tour helped everyone appreciate that their personal reading of a painting, sculpture or installation is relevant…

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