For women who’ve been through the criminal justice system, there can be many obstacles to leading a happy and fulfilling life. That’s why the Amy Winehouse Foundation is proud to be supporting Clean Break – a celebrated theatre company working with women who have a history of offending, or who are at risk of offending.
Clean Break delivers a year-round programme of theatre productions, new writing projects and drama-based education from its studios and in women’s prisons nationally. In May, Clean Break launched Brazen, a new young women’s theatre group and education programme, consisting of an eight-week course for 17-25 year olds.
The Foundation has provided funding so that 20 young women can take part in the programme, and recently presented a cheque at graduation ceremony for the women helped by Clean Break.
Mitch Winehouse said: ‘Sharing the students’ graduation was moving and inspiring. I thought how Amy much would have loved Clean Break and what they achieve.’
Jane Winehouse said: ‘The Amy Winehouuse Foundation’s donation to Clean Break’s Education Programme will enable vulnerable young women, many with unique and complex needs, to move towards positive futures. We were very impressed with the way they are able to engage these women, using theatre as a tool in a safe and supportive space, to help them understand, and overcome their issues and gain recognised qualifications and experience which leads to meaningful education and employment.’
Lucy Perman MBE, Executive Director of Clean Break, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted to have received this generous donation from the Amy Winehouse Foundation for our theatre work with vulnerable young women who have got caught up with the criminal justice system. Being able to work in partnership with the Foundation to help affect positive changes in young lives, is a real boost for Clean Break and will be thrilling news for the young women.’
For more information about Clean Break, visit its website at http://www.cleanbreak.org.uk/