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…

Forward Leeds is part of a new campaign, encouraging people to get tested for Hepatitis C called, ‘Be Free of Hep C’. The campaign starts on April 26 with an Awareness Week, then continues through May. The campaign is a collaboration with the Hepatitis C Trust, Gilead Sciences and other alcohol and drug services including…

The Eealy Help Hub team

Forward Leeds staff working in the city’s Early Help Hubs have had their funding approved until March 2022. The Early Help Hubs are run by Leeds City Council to support families and professionals working with families. The hubs offer a single point of contact and offer advice, help and support around a range of issues….

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…

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 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…

contents of a craft bag
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…

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