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Because Addiction Doesn’t Just Affect The Addict

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation is delighted to be supporting the Lighthouse Foundation, a family support group for families affected by addiction.

Based in Kilmarnock, Scotland, the AWF has donated £10,000 to the charity.

The aim of the grant is to deliver 50 S.T.O.P (Stop Drugs Overdose Prevention), incorporating F.A.S.D (Foetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder) sessions over a 12 month period to 1,000 young people between the ages of 12-25 who reside in Ayrshire.

Lighthouse Foundation cheque from Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Other aims include enabling young women to make informed choices that will help prevent alcohol abuse when pregnant, and to deliver information on drug awareness and overdose intervention to young people across the region.

Lighthouse Foundation chief executive Kathleen Bryson told The Kilmarnock Standard: “In Scotland in 2011, 10,000 children were diagnosed with foetal alcohol syndrome. In Ayrshire the same year the number was 733.

“This very generous donation from the Amy Winehouse Foundation will be another step forward in the fight against drugs and alcohol misuse in our Ayrshire communities”.

*Picture supplied by The Kilmarnock Standard.

Fred Perry & Central Saint Martins Partner In Support Of AWF

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The iconic fashion brand Fred Perry has announced that it will be teaming up with Central Saint Martins to design a new range of clothes for the Amy Winehouse Foundation Collection.

One hundred and fifty students from the prestigious college’s Foundation Course (Fashion & Textiles pathway) will be invited to take part in a subculture themed research project.

Both a Fred Perry shirt and bowling shirt are to be designed, which will then complement the in-house designs that form the Collection.

Three winning entries will be chosen, with the Fred Perry design team specifically looking for designs that capture the ethos and personality of the brand.

As well as winning a monetary prize, the chosen students will also get to work closely with the design and product development teams, and ultimately see their items manufactured and distributed around the world in all Fred Perry stores as well as selected retailers.

EarPeace And AWF – Changing Perceptions On Hearing Loss

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EarPeace changing perceptions on hearing loss, raising money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation

EarPeace is changing the way people consider their hearing health and the dangers of noise induced hearing loss and raising money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

New for 2014, EarPeace have produced exclusive AWF branded EarPeace earplugs and will promote the long term hearing health of fans via these custom earplugs.  50% of all profit from sales will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, who support and run various projects that aim to support the personal development of disadvantaged young people through music.

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“Amy was an exceptional talent and the Foundation has worked hard to not only keep her music and spirit alive, but to also help young people. We are honoured to be supporting such a worthy cause and look forward to educating fans on the importance of protecting their hearing ” says director Sean Salloux. “People have negative associations with wearing hearing protection so we designed a product to change that perception.  Our earplugs deliver a comfortable, discreet, high quality audio experience – you will have a better time with EarPeace. With one in six people in the UK are affected by some form of hearing loss, it is vitally important for us to work with organisations such as the Amy Winehouse Foundation who work with young people, to let them know you can have a safe music experience without compromise the quality of the event.”

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.

To find out more information about products and hearing health visit www.earpeace.com

To purchase this item, visit http://shop.amywinehousefoundation.org/product/earpeace-awf-earplugs

Old Skool Kicks AWF Style!

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We are excited to announce that in one week’s time, you will be able to bid for your chance to get hold of one of ten exclusive pairs of signed Puma trainers which will be featured as part of eBay’s ‘Vintage Sportwear Collection’ – http://www.ebay.co.uk/today

This very special eBay auction will go live on April 3rd, and you will have just ten days to bid for your favourite pair signed by your favourite artists including Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé and Conor Maynard. So don’t miss out on this one off opportunity to grab yourself some signed retro kicks and support the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

During this period every single eBay customer will also have the chance to donate at checkout to the Foundation, helping us to continue our work supporting disadvantaged young people.

The full list of artists are:
EMELI SANDE
MAVERICK SABRE
RITA ORA
KATY B
CONOR MAYNARD
CALVIN HARRIS
DJ FRESH
LABRINTH
PALOMA FAITH
JESSIE WARE

The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.

Today -­ and with your support – ­the Foundation is helping tens of thousands of vulnerable young people throughout the UK and abroad. Each and every donation allows us to help these young people to overcome drug and alcohol addiction and many other difficult issues such as homelessness, unemployment, eating disorders and self harm, helping them build hope for their futures.

Janis Winehouse Skydives For AWF

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On April 21, 2014 Janis Winehouse-Collins, mother of Amy Winehouse, leapt out of an aeroplane to finally complete the Amys30 celebrations.

Janis wanted to show the world that suffering from multiple sclerosis doesn’t mean that your world comes crashing to a halt, and we’re sure you agree that she’s certainly proved her point!

You can still make a donation by going to http://www.justgiving.com/JanisWinehouse.

Take Part In Nightrider Bike Ride, Raise Money For AWF

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Get your heart racing this Valentine’s Day and book your place on the Nightrider bike ride!

We have 6 places for you to take part and raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

Taking place over a 100km moonlit route, you will cycle over Tower Bridge, through Canary Wharf, around the buzzing Piccadilly Circus, see the London Eye lit up and cycle over the crossing on Abbey Road more…Find out about the route and FAQs

This event will take place on 7th/8th June 2014.

It’s only £39pp for your place and then you need to raise £200 minimum sponsorship.

Book your place today before we run out!

https://regonline.activeeurope.com/?eventID=1280412&rTypeID=144098

Continuing The AWF’s Legacy: The Pilion Trust

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This winter we will be supporting the Pilion Crash Pad shelter for the third year running, providing funding for all food costs, as well as 3 education projects including; Cannabis Awareness, Young Women’s self esteem workshops and Employability courses.

The foundation donated almost £20,000 last year at a time when the shelter, based at the Caledonian Road Methodist Church, was under threat of closure as it receives no statutory funds.

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The shelter specialises in helping young people struggling with drink and drug abuse, which was why this year they wanted to focus their attention on providing those referred to the shelter with the information, tools and confidence to make more informed life decisions.

 

Keeping Music Alive – Amy Winehouse Foundation And WAC

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A cheque for £17,000 has secured the future of the Weekend Arts College.

WAC, based in the old Hampstead Town Hall, has for 35 years provided world-class tuition in the performing arts for young people – often completely free of charge.

After funding cuts for arts courses, it has been struggling to keep afloat – and in November it feared it would have to close its weekend music tuition courses if it did not find £17,000 by Christmas.

The foundation’s Rowan Carnihan said much of the money had come from September celebrations to mark what would have been Amy’s 30th birthday. Events in Camden raised more than £30,000 – and Ms Carnihan said WAC was the ideal recipient.

It specialises in jazz as a basis of music tuition. Jazz gave Amy her break, as she sang for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Carnihan said: “Hearing what WAC is all about makes this very fitting.
“We have done lots of fundraising for  Amy’s 30th birthday in Camden and we have had so much support from the people of Camden that we wanted to do something in the borough – and this was an obvious choice.”

WAC chief executive Celia Greenwood revealed the donation would secure teaching every weekend for around 600 young people.

She said: “It is an amazing turn of events. We must not forget that the arts deliver a large range of transformable skills. They deliver success in education, and in life.”

WAC student 14-year-old Namali Kwaten, who is studying music production, has been one of the masterminds behind the fundraising push. He said: “WAC is such a good environment to learn in and the teaching is excellent – it helps so many young people realise their potential.”

Originally written by Dan Carrier for The Camden New Journal

Amy’s Yard Music Programme – Developing Tomorrow’s Musicians

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One of the Amy Winehouse Foundations’ main areas of focus is to support and develop music provision for young people, and since the Foundation began we have met countless young people with immense talent who were simply held back by not being able to access studio time due to the costs and lack of provision. The Foundation therefore decided to develop Amy’s very own studio and share it with some of the young people and groups we were working with.

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The ‘Amy’s Yard’ Programme is based in a very special space, as it was where Amy worked and recorded herself and contains some very special pieces of equipment. Amy’s friends would also use the space, so it wasn’t unusual for the likes of Tyler, Dionne and Zalon to rehearse and record there too. Needless to say it is a massive privilege for anyone lucky enough to take part in the project.

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Amy’s Yard provides talented young people with the opportunity to utilise a professional studio and work with a professional producer/engineer to nurture their talent, while increasing their confidence, skills and self-esteem. Every young person engaged in our studio has been referred by one of our partner organisations including The Roundhouse, New Horizon and Pilion Trust, who all work with vulnerable young people facing a variety of complex needs such as homelessness, mental health issues, unemployment or a history of offending.

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At any one time there are approximately 8 young people using the space, for 2 hours each week over an 8-15 week period, while they work towards creating their own music and developing their talent, confidence and ability.

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Some of the young people taking part in the programme performed at this year’s Amy Winehouse Foundation Gala Ball at the Dorchester, where they wowed the crowd. Followed swiftly by performances at The Hampstead Christmas Festival where the Foundation hosted a stage showcasing talent from ‘Amy’s Yard’ where they once again did a great job entertaining the masses.

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You can catch a news story about the project and Dorchester event here:

http://www.itv.com/news/london/update/2013-11-20/legacy-of-amy-winehouse-changing-london-lives/

There are lots of exciting plans for the project in the New Year, which will include the release of a compilation EP and some showcase events.

*The Amy’s Yard Programme is run in association with Metropolis Music Management and Sensible Studios.

Watch The #Amys30 Here!

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For ALL of you that supported #Amys30, those that were able to come along to events and those of you that supported from afar, here is a chance to relive some of the memories from  a very special month indeed. So far #Amys30 has raised over £30,000 and still counting, and this is all thanks to the generosity and support we received from YOU.