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…

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….

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….

Forward Leeds are having a focus on encouraging people to get tested and treated ahead of World Hepatitis Day. Staff in the Forward Leeds hubs will be wearing t-shirts and wristbands on Friday 26 July to motivate people who may have been at risk to get themselves checked. World Hepatitis Day takes place on Sunday…

5 WAYS attracted over 120 visitors to the service on 16 July. The 5 WAYS Open Day, run to celebrate the service’s third birthday, was a real success with over 70 potential new members visiting to get a taste of what is on offer. Staff from other services in Leeds also came along to find…

Forward Leeds has had its contract extended by Leeds City Council for a further three years. It means Forward Leeds will continue to provide the city’s alcohol and drug service up to July 2023, supporting people in the city with substance misuse issues and promoting prevention work. Since it launched in July 2015, the service…

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