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…

5 WAYS is the Leeds centre for those in recovery from an alcohol or drug misuse issue. 5 WAYS is currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak but you can still get in touch with us. Telephone: 0113 887 2749 email:  5ways@forwardleeds.co.uk facebook: /5WAYSLeeds Twitter: @5WAYSLeeds We are exploring ways of offering groups and activities online….

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…

Theresa shares her story with us. She went from drinking every day to turning her whole life around and starting over. She came through Forward Leeds and has been going to 5 Ways for two years. She has made new friends through 5 Ways, new hobbies and time for herself. Theresa is now abstinent from…

John came to Forward Leeds seeking treatment for his addictions. He worked really hard with support from recovery coordinator and groups. John has gone from sofa surfing and fork lift driving to having his own flat and embarking on a new career helping people with multiple needs. He still attends 5 Ways now where he…

Adam Green, who was supported to stop drinking by Forward Leeds, has set up a running club at 5 WAYS for those in recovery from substance misuse. Adam (pictured above, far right) has a Leadership in Running Fitness qualification and volunteers with Running Fit Yorkshire, a group that encourages people of all ages, abilities and…

People in Leeds in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction are to stage a one-off production of Cluedo, written and directed by a RADA trained former TV actress. The Hurly-Burley Players will be staging the light-hearted whodunit Cluedo at the Guiseley Theatre on Wednesday, December 4th. The whole cast is in recovery from problematic alcohol…

Nick came to Forward Leeds when he was struggling with stopping drinking. He worked hard with his recovery worker and went through an alcohol detox. In this video he reflects on his journey from a chaotic lifestyle which was impacting himself and the family and friends around him. Since being abstinent from drink he has…

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