Claire presenting training

Forward Leeds delivers a range of free, short training courses around drugs and alcohol and the timetable for 2019 is now available. Although it is open to anyone in Leeds this training sessions are primarily aimed at: Leeds City Council teams Social Care staff and similar organisations Charities and third sector organisations The sessions are run…

Becky Carrington has been appointed Domestic Abuse Lead Practitioner covering both Forward Leeds and the Humankind DIP/IOM service in Leeds. This new role provides a city-wide coordinated delivery of support and management of risk to identified domestic violence perpetrators and their families. The role will bring drug, alcohol, criminal justice and domestic abuse services together,…

Over the course of Alcohol Awareness Week Forward Leeds spoke to over 200 members of the public about their drinking. High profile individuals in Leeds, including the CEO of Leeds Council, showed their support for Alcohol Awareness Week with public pledges about alcohol. Forward Leeds ran a campaign asking people to pledge an “Inspired Change” to…

Bill Owen

The Leeds alcohol and drugs service Forward Leeds are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange. It is part of a campaign led by Forward Leeds during Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to 25rd November to encourage people…

In January 2018 5 WAYS and Forward Leeds began a contract under Careers Yorkshire and Humber and the National Careers Service to help clients progress into work or training. Since 5 WAYS began the programme they’ve seen 87 people, 37 of whom have been supported into some form of learning or sustainable employment, exceeding the…

A number of former Forward Leeds clients and some still in treatment attended a session at the University of Leeds’ Life Long Learning Centre to gain insights into accessing higher education. ​They met staff from the University as well as the Learning Champions, people with similar life experiences, who have studied at the University. Graham…

Since the beginning of April 2017 Forward Leeds has supported 466 of its clients into employment, and 125 into training or education. Joy Archer, Education, Training and Employment Coordinator for Forward Leeds said: “These figures show how proactive Forward Leeds and our Recovery Coordinators are in the way they support, motivate and signpost our clients.”…

5 WAYS, the recovery hub for Leeds, recently passed over 200 members and on the 23rd of February celebrated its continuing success with another of its popular Open Mic Nights. Acts ranged from musicians and comedians to singers and spoken word performers. Jo Byrden, manager of 5 WAYS said: “The Open Mic Nights are a great…

5 WAYS will begin hosting Families Anonymous sessions for the first time in January 2018. The meetings will take place every Tuesday evening between 7pm and 8.30pm. Jo Byrden, manager of 5 WAYS said:” We have always been keen for those in recovery to bring family, friends and loved ones to 5 WAYS to see for…

We know winter can be a difficult time. The long dark nights, the dull days, the post-Christmas slump can affect anyone. Here’s a few ideas we hope may help keep you sparkling through the winter months. Keep active Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups. It…

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