Funding of over £560,000 has been secured by Leeds City Council for Forward Leeds to support rough sleepers tackle their drug and alcohol issues. Plans are being progressed for the creation of a new outreach team to work closely with those in need. Linking in with the city’s wider Leeds Street Support the new team…

Forward Leeds has partnered with online provider DrinkCoach to help people in Leeds cut down on their drinking Launching in Alcohol Awareness Week, DrinkCoach has a downloadable app and a website full of useful information. It also includes a test people can take to get immediate feedback on their drinking habits. There are also free…

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 Once again all of our courses, groups and activities are taking place online. We also have a range of other supporting resources online that you can look at listed…

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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
Lee Wilson of Forward Leeds

Drug and alcohol recovery workers at Forward Leeds say they are “here to help” people who have become more dependent during the pandemic.      Lee Wilson, Operations Director, Leeds said: “We believe some people may be misusing drink and drugs to cope with boredom, stress, anxiety about the future, about job insecurity and job loss….

Jackie Blackburn outside the Kirkgate hub
Staff member Jackie Blackburn outside the Forward Leeds hub on Kirkgate

From the 15 June Forward Leeds will begin seeing users of its service face-to-face again. Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, has been closed to in-person appointments since lockdown began in England. All consultations with just a few exceptions have been over the phone or online. From Monday 15 June onwards the three…

Specialist Alcohol and Substance Misuse Practitioners from left to right Chelsey Taylor, Rebecca Grew and Faye Baird

Forward Leeds now have Specialist Alcohol and Drug Practitioners based at the city’s three Early Help Hubs. The Early Help Hubs were set up by Leeds City Council in 2019 to support families and professionals working with families. They offer a single point of contact and offer advice, help and support. They work closely with…

Anyone interested in learning more about alcohol and drugs is welcome to attend a free event on Thursday 17 October. Forward Leeds is offering an event at the Hamara Centre in Beeston providing information and advice around alcohol and other drugs. Bill Owen of Forward Leeds said: “It’s a chance for people to find out…

Entrance to 5 WAYS

5 WAYS has announced a number of new and returning structured courses for the autumn. This includes a new music production course, another chance to undertake the employability programme and a drama course leading to another full-scale theatre production. Senior Practitioner at 5 WAYS Helen Mason said: “We have looked to add breadth to the…

Forward Leeds will be offering visitors to Leeds Pride tips on “How to Party Properly” this weekend. It is a part of the Forward Leeds “Wasted this Summer?” campaign, designed to help people make safer choices around alcohol and drugs. Forward Leeds will have a stall in the Market Place area south of Leeds Bridge….

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