Open house at Leeds 5 Ways academy

Helen Mason, Lead Practitioner at 5 WAYS and Jo Byrden, Manager of 5 WAYS.
Helen Mason, Lead Practitioner at 5 WAYS and Jo Byrden, Manager of 5 WAYS.

Leeds Recovery centre 5 Ways will be opening its doors to highlight the work it does to help people get away from alcohol and drugs.

The open house event will show off the wide range of services offered at the centre, including guitar lessons, yoga, structured groups, IT skills, and a gardening group, along with support in getting people into work, education and training.

5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy is the Leeds hub for those in recovery from alcohol and drugs. The open day will run at the Westfield Road centre from 10.30am to 3pm on November 30.

Manager Jo Byrden said: “We are open to anyone in recovery in Leeds. We have more than 200 members and we would love to see even more people coming through the door for support and to develop themselves.

“It’s also an opportunity for people to get peer support, so people in recovery don’t have to feel isolated or alone.

“We would also like to see family and friends of those in recovery too.

“That’s what our Open House day is all about, ‘come in, try something, it’s here and it’s all free.’

The open house day will include a range of taster sessions - including arts and crafts, music production and guitar lessons – as well as an overview of how 5 WAYS helps people to maintain abstinence, the chance to sit in on a sustained recovery group meeting, and information about programmes offered by 5 Ways partners such as the Swarthmore Education Centre, the Cardigan Centre, St Anne’s Community Services and Hyde Park Source.