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Amy’s Yard Vocal Coaching Master Class

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During week four of the latest Amy’s Yard cohort the group had a vocal coaching master class with singer & Songwriter, Klara Kjellen. Here the young singers, rappers and producers learnt various vocal techniques and breathing exercises which they can now put into practice every time they perform!

Amy’s Yard Graduation

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Last week saw the first ever Amy’s Yard Graduation take place at The Crowne Plaza London – The City Hotel, proud supporters of the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
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Here nine of our graduates were presented AQA certificates by our Patron and President of Island Records, Darcus Beese OBE.
It was a lovely evening of celebration and a chance for Master Class facilitators and supporters alike to join the participants who worked so hard throughout their programme and acknowledge their achievements.
Throughout the programme participants not only develop their artist development but they also develop their transferable skills, preparing them for any number of life opportunities – building their skills and confidence.
We are now interviewing for the next round of Amy’s Yard and are very excited about working with another group of talented young artists and individuals.

 

Leading eating-disorder charity launches brand new website, thanks to support from Amy Winehouse Foundation

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The UK’s leading charity supporting people with eating disorders, is now better placed to provide information and advice thanks to support from the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Launched to coincide with Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Beat’s brand new website is now able to offer excellent interactive help and support people and families battling anorexia nervosa, bulimia and other related mental health issues.

Sufferers and their families looking for help will be able to access the site by smart phone or tablet, use message boards, take part in live chats and online support groups and search for local support services. This will deliver the charity’s core services 24/7 in a much more interactive way.

What’s more, b-eat.co.uk will also appeal particularly to teens and young adults – a demographic of particular concern to us at the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Amy herself battled with an eating disorder and so her family felt strongly that the work done by Beat was something they would like to support.

In fact, a brand new report from Beat (which shows that eating disorders ‘most frequently become apparent when people are in compulsory education’ and are under 16) chimes with the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s own experiences when delivering its Resilience Programme For Schools across the UK. And like Beat’s own report finds, the Amy Winehouse Foundation believes that the earliest possible interventions are the most effective when it comes to addressing a problem in someone’s life. That’s why this new website – which can quickly reach out to more people, with the most timely information and advice – is such an important tool.

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“We are delighted to have this vital support from the Amy Winehouse Foundation which has enabled us to produce a brand new website. We get 46,000 unique hits to our current website every month and the new site will help us to reach many more of the 1.6million people affected by these serious mental illnesses in the UK. Our website is a key part of what we do and it’s vital that we make the information and support we have easily accessible to everyone.”
Beat’s Chief Executive Susan Ringwood

“B-eat’s work in supporting people affected by eating disorders is vital. We frequently encounter young people who are struggling with these issues in our own work with secondary schools, and understand just how terrible an impact an eating disorder can have on them and their family. That’s why it’s so important that anyone struggling with these issues is able to access information and advice as easily as possible, so that they can get the support they deserve’.
Alex Winehouse.

You can visit the brand new site at www.b-eat.co.uk

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

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This week is Eating Disorders Awareness Week, an annual week of campaigning devoted to talking about eating disorders in a way that encourages recovery and lets the people affected know that they are not alone and can be supported in recovery.

1 in 10 people will experience partial or full symptoms of an eating disorder, which can have serious impact on everyday day life making things such as work and social life harder.

Taking place from 23rd February-1s March, the week aims to raise awareness and a higher level of understanding in order to eliminate the stigma attached to this serious mental illness and raise funds for improved services to help support those with eating disorders.

Thanks to the legacy of Amy Winehouse, Beat – the UK’s leading eating disorder charity – is now able to offer more interactive help and support through its new website funded by a £45,000 donation from the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Sufferers and their families will be able to access the site by mobile phone and use message boards, take part in online support groups and search for local support services. This will deliver the charity’s core services 24/7 in a more interactive way, which will appeal particularly to the younger generation that the Foundation wishes to support.

Amy battled with an eating disorder during her life and the Winehouse family felt strongly that this was an area they would like to support. Amy was passionate about helping young people, and fully understood the problems that many of them face.

Beat will be holding a launch event on Thursday, which we will update you on.

If you have been affected by an eating disorder, or know someone who has, please visit or contact:

www.b-eat.co.uk

Helpline – 0845 634 1414

Youthline – 0845 634 6750

Email – fyp@b-eat.co.uk

Text – 07786 20 18 20

 http://www.nhs.uk/eating-disorders

 

Shakira Alleyne

Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball 2014

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Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball 2014

“I have woken up feeling inspired” Alexandra Burke

“Loved the stunning performances from Amy’s Yard” Graham Norton

“An amazing evening for a truly inspirational foundation” Paul Sculfor

These are just some of the many comments guests have made after attending the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s 3rd annual ball that took place last week at The Landmark Hotel, and I 100% agree with them! There was a great turn out with over 400 supporters who gathered to pay tribute to Amy’s astonishing life and to celebrate the fantastic work that the Foundation has achieved.

 

Mitch and Janis Winehouse opened the evening by thanking everyone who has supported and continues to support the Foundation, the night was hosted by BBC London’s Vanessa Feltz who did a fantastic job and spoke very passionately about Amy and the work beingdone in her memory.
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The atmosphere throughout the evening was delightful with a lovely dinner and wonderful performances from talented musicians such as Jermaine Jackman and Mitch Winehouse himself! There were also performances from Amy’s Yard, which I am a part of; we were given the amazing opportunity to share the music we have created down to the help of the Foundation.
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Despite us all being incredibly nervous, we managed to successfully perform in front of hundreds of people. The biggest highlight for me was to receive such encouraging feedback which felt very special. It is certainly an achievement we can be extremely proud of and I’m still buzzing from the excitement of the experience!

 

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George from the Resilience Programme gave an engaging speech on the night and spoke about how the Foundation has helped him to share his personal experience in schools to help raise awareness of the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.

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During the night there was a silent auction as well as a live auction hosted by one of the Foundations Patron’s Jon Snow where people were given the opportunity to bid for lots including a steel portrait of Amy and an Eastenders tour which was personally auctioned off by Barbra Windsor another patron of AWF. This gave a chance for guests to donate money in order to help keep the Foundation going and to help the charity grow.
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The Hard work and effort the Amy Winehouse Foundation has put into organising the ball has certainly paid off!

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It was such a pleasure to be a part of the evening, I just hope the work will continue and other young people out there will be able to say the same thing next year.

 

Thank you to all of you who have donated because the Foundation has undoubtedly changed things for myself, and many others and there are so many more young people who could benefit.

 

I had an incredible evening and I definitely won’t be forgetting this exciting event.

 

Shakira Alleyne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy’s Yard: A young persons perspective

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Amy’s Yard; supporting young people to become self sustaining music artists.

A young persons perspective…

Amy’s Yard aims to develop the skills of talented young people who have a keen interest in music but don’t have many opportunities due to varied disadvantages.

Having taken part in the programme myself I can happily say that it has and continues to be a huge help to young people. It has given me the necessary knowledge to develop as a musician whilst also helping me to grow as a person through an incredibly enjoyable and life changing experience.

When first starting out on the course I was filled with excitement and although this was masked by my nervousness and fear of not fitting in, it soon subsided as the atmosphere amongst the group was extremely relaxed and I was quickly able to be myself and engage with other members of the group who also had their own worries. This certainly helped build my confidence and my ability to get involved in the interesting discussions and activities offered.

Attending the individual studio sessions gave us the chance to create music in a safe comfortable environment and for me it was a great way to develop my songwriting and improve on my vocals with the help of constructive feedback.

The master classes were also extremely beneficial as each one was led by experienced professionals who gave us information on aspects of the music industry giving us a deeper insight and with some sessions focusing on performance, which supported us to improve our work.

A session that I found particularly helpful was vocal coaching with Klara Kjellen. On this day we each chose a song to rehearse in order to look at vocal techniques and improve on our voices with feedback from the whole group. At first I found the idea daunting but with the support of others I continued to take part and felt a great sense of achievement afterwards.

Overall the experience has been wonderful and has enabled each of us to achieve many significant things such as performing for the first time and overcoming social and personal difficulties.

Looking back from the start of the course to now I feel as though I have come extremely far and feel very proud of what I have achieved, as do the other members of the group. This would have not been possible without the foundation and the positive impact that it has had on our lives is clear!

I will definitely continue to use the skills I have learned and I will remain grateful for the day that I was accepted onto the course.

Shakira Alleyne

Thank you Fundraisers!

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September 12th-14th marked AWF’s 3rd birthday, and what would have been Amy’s 31st. We asked our amazing supporters to mark this special occasion by fundraising for AWF, and have been overwhelmed by the efforts and support we have received from some of our fundraisers. We would like to thank the following fundraisers for their huge efforts, we couldn’t do it without you.

Laura Butler held a gig at The Boot Inn, Sutton Coldfield on 13th September which raised over £900. We are so grateful for Laura’s support as she has organised many gigs to raise funds for us over the last few years.

Alexandre Ferreira organised an exhibition in Brazil which took place in Natal on 2nd- 6th September, and in Fortaleza on 15th-19th . The exhibition featured artwork from many artists who have continuously supported such as Henry Hate, Horace Panter and Pegasus.

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Ale exhibition

 

Marc Blackburn held his annual all day music event on 13th September in September, which has raised over £2000 over the last 3 years. Plans are already in motion for next years event!

Adam Richardson ran the BUPA Great north Run on 7th September in 1hour 36 minutes (his personal best!) and raised over £500 for the Resilience Programme.

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Thanks again to all our fundraisers. If you would like to raise funds for AWF and help us continue our work to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people, then please email us at fundraising@amywinehousefoundation.org for more information.

Resilience Programme Launch in Liverpool

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The Amy Winehouse Resilience Programme is launching in Secondary Schools in Liverpool.

The launch will be on 25th September 2014, 3pm to 6:30pm at Young Addaction, Merseyside Youth Association, 65-67 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DY.

Come along to hear more about the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme, funded by BIG Lottery and to meet our team or workers and volunteers.
For any further details please contact resilience@amywinehousefoundation.org.

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Unveiling Of Amy’s Statue In Camden

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As many of you will know there have been plans for a statue of Amy to be placed in Camden for some time now.

We are pleased to announce that a beautiful life size bronze of Amy will be placed in the Stables Market in Camden on Amy’s birthday, and our third birthday, September 14th 2014.

Although the statue was originally planned for the terrace of the Roundhouse, due to Amy’s and the Foundations affinity with the iconic music venue, after careful consideration it was decided it would be placed somewhere that fans could gain year round access, and so the new location was chosen.

The specially-commissioned statue, designed and sculpted by Scott Eaton and cast in bronze will be unveiled by Amys family and friends, and will offer them and Amy’s many fans a permanent memorial in the heart of Amy’s spiritual home of Camden.

The statue is funded by the Winehouse family and Camdenmarket.com, the parent company for the Stables Market in Camden Town.

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