Night of moving musical performances marks renaming of Leeds support centre

Justin Sykes gives a performance during the 5 WAYS open mic night.
Justin Sykes gives a performance during the 5 WAYS open mic night.

An open mic night was held by people in recovery from drug and alcohol problems as they celebrated the renaming of a Leeds support centre.

The event coincided with the launch of ‘5 WAYS at the Recovery Academy’, which is run by drug and alcohol service Forward Leeds.

It brought together a number of performers in recovery, to mark their success, alongside the people who attend 5 WAYS.

Manager Jo Byrden said: “I was genuinely moved by some of the performances and equally impressed by the talent that was shared.

“The evening was not only a celebration of recovery in Leeds but also about the launch of the new name for the recovery venue.”

She said the name was chosen by people who regularly attend the centre.

It reflects the five ways to improve mental wellbeing – connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

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