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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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Amy Winehouse Foundation: Helping Women Find A Better Life Beyond Crime

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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.

Introduction to Drama students at their Sharing

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/

Amy’s Legacy To Help Thousands Of People Affected By Eating Disorders

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation is helping thousands of young people with eating disorders to find the help and support they need.

Amy battled with similar issues during her life and her family felt strongly that this was an area they would like to support. That’s why the Foundation has provided funding so that the eating disorder charity B-eat can reach more families and young people online.

The funding will allow B-eat to develop a new website, so that both sufferers and their families can use message boards, take part in live ‘chats’, access online support groups and search for services in their local area.


B-eat’s Chief Executive, Susan Ringwood said: ‘We are delighted to have this vital support from The Amy Winehouse Foundation. This will enable us to reach many more of the 1.6 million 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.’

Amy’s brother Alex Winehouse said: ‘It is vital, in the world we live in today, that everything is done to highlight the danger eating disorders can wreak upon the human body. Too often, the easiest option – to turn away and act like nothing is happening – is taken, and it is time this stops. We hope that, by working alongside Beat, discussions about bulimia and anorexia can now take place, and that people’s fears of this subject are allayed.’

Helping To Support Young People Through Mentoring

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation is proud to support a charity that is helping vulnerable young people through mentoring.

‘Friendship Works’ provides this help across the London boroughs of Camden, Islington and Southwark, pairing adult mentors with children and young people aged between five and sixteen. Many of these young people face problems such as social isolation, learning or behavioural difficulties, bullying or other challenges at school, or are young carers for parents with health problems.

The Foundation was hugely impressed with what Friendship Works has achieved so far, and at how the charity is giving young people the chance to develop important life skills while at the same time, allowing them to enjoy activities that other children and young people take for granted, such as a simple trip to the cinema or visit to the park. It is for these reasons that the Foundation has provided decided to support them with a £20,000 grant.

Jane Winehouse, who is a trustee of the foundation set up in her stepdaughter’s name, says: ‘On our visits to Friendship Works’ services in London, we saw first hand how positive an impact a mentor can have. They can be there for a young child, offering friendship, a connection to the adult world; but they can also help that child open up about things, and feel confident about making decisions that affect their life.

‘By helping to fund Friendship Works, we are helping children and young people explore their potential, build their confidence and help them realise their hopes and aspirations for a brighter future’.

AWF & MindFood: Helping Young People Grow

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A Buckinghamshire-based social enterprise became the latest charity to be supported by a Foundation set up in memory of the late singer Amy Winehouse.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was thrilled to donate £6,000 to the MindFood Community Interest Company (CIC), in order to support young people from London and the capital’s surrounding counties. Based on a 16-acre farm in Amersham, MindFood provides people with mental health issues and disadvantaged young people with the opportunity to learn how to sow, plant and grow a wide range of crops in a supportive and therapeutic environment.

Ciaran Biggins, the co-founder of MindFood, said: ‘Many of the young people we work with are living in chaotic and claustrophobic urban environments, with little chance of finding a calm and safe space in which to learn and develop.

‘The Amy Winehouse Foundation’s support will allow us to develop our Food 4 Thought programme, which helps to prevent young people from reaching ‘breaking point’ in their lives by providing them with a natural and therapeutic environment. There, they can make friends, earn qualifications, feel rewarded and learn transferable skills in how to grow and market food. They will literally see the fruits of their own labor.’

Amy’s father Mitch visited the project with his wife Jane and said: ‘What struck us was Mind Food’s unique approach. Many of those kids growing up in urban areas have little, if any, access to green spaces yet spending time in the outdoors has a real benefit for their health and wellbeing. And not only will the project have a positive effect on the way they think and feel, they’ll gain qualifications in the process’.

For more information about MindFood (including how to buy their produce), visit: www.mindfood.org.uk.

AWF Donates £19,815 To Pilion Trust

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Towards the end of 2012, the Amy Winehouse Foundation was delighted to be able to award a grant of £19,815 to the Pilion Trust’s CrashPad Project, a venture by the London-based homeless shelter that we had previously supported the year before, and have built up a close relationship with.

The grant will fund the full staffing and volunteer costs of the Pilion Trust CrashPad between December 2012 and May 2013, and it is hoped that the Pilion Trust and its staff will provide appropriate shelter to a maximum of 15 young people every night between 10th December 2012 and 1st May 2013.

In addition, the Pillion Trust and its staff will also support young people with advice and guidance into temporary or permanent housing, training or employment.


AWF Donates £38,000 To Centrepoint

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The Foundation were given a warm welcome by staff and young people at the Centrepoint Camberwell Foyer on February 30, where a cheque for £38,000 was presented to fund a Dual Diagnosis Specialist Worker as part of Centrepoint’s Health & Wellbeing Team.

The funding will be used to employ a practitioner who specialises in ‘dual diagnosis’. This is a term commonly used to describe people who have a combination of mental health problems and substance use. Within the Health and Wellbeing Team, Centrepoint already works with many young people who fit the description, but this new funding will enable to extend our specialism to support young people.

The Dual Diagnosis Practitioner will support a caseload of young people who experience mental health problems and who also use substances. As well as providing one-to-one counselling support, the Dual Diagnosis Practitioner will co-ordinate the care of those specific young people, ensuring they are linked into appropriate external diagnosis and treatment services for substance use and mental health.

A big part of this will be to build relationships with statutory services and develop protocols on multi-agency working around dual diagnosis with numerous local authorities. In addition, they will offer training on dual diagnosis for staff across Centrepoint services, as well as ongoing advice and consultancy to staff supporting young people with such complex needs.

The role will be fully integrated into the Health and Wellbeing Team, supporting the existing substance misuse work.

AWF Donates £30,000 To Roundhouse Radio

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation was delighted to award a grant of £30,000 towards The Roundhouse’s Radio Roundhouse project recently,the first of what we hope will be many collaborations between ourselves and the iconic London music venue.

Roundhouse Radio is an online radio station broadcast direct from Camden’s historic Roundhouse by a new generation of radio talent, all aged 25 or under.

Each evening, Roundhouse Radio boasts a schedule of eclectic shows. While throughout the day you can hear archived shows and great music.

In 2011 Roundhouse Radio’s hard work and creativity was recognised at the Smart Future Minds Awards, which celebrates ‘ideas and innovation that will shape lives in cities of the future’, following a nomination from BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne.

One of the most recent grants to be awarded is a £30,000 donation to the Roundhouse to support their Roundhouse Radio programme over the next 3 years. The family and Foundation have a particular affinity with the Roundhouse, due to Amy’s close connection with the venue and its location in Camden, and the great work they do using music to inspire and engage young people.

The Roundhouse Radio programme provides access to projects and opportunities for young people aged 16-25 from socio-economically and personally disadvantaged backgrounds. The programme provides young people with transferable interpersonal skills, technical skills, industry knowledge and experience, and has a100% success rate in directing young participants into employment or further related training.

LauraLynn Hospice Receives €25,000 Donation From AWF

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Mitch, along with patron Barbara Windsor, made a flying visit to Dublin in order to donate 25,000 euros to the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice.

The money came from album sales of Lioness: Hidden Treasures in Ireland.

Mitch told the Irish Independent: “We were moved and in awe of the great work the Hospice does for kids in Ireland.

“Our Foundation is in place to help charities and projects that make a difference and nowhere is this illustrated so well as at LauraLynn.”

The Foundation will continue to donate money to the Hopsice as sales of Lioness continues.


Amy Winehouse Foundation Donates £21,000 To The London Irish Centre

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We are proud to announce our support for another local charity, the London Irish Centre, who we have funded to run a one-year Advice Worker post for young people.

Based in Camden Square the London Irish Centre were Amy’s neighbours and she would often stop by to say hello. Back in December the centre invited Mitch to turn on their Christmas lights, and the Foundation has since shown a keen interest in their work. On hearing of the increase in young people seeking advice and support in Camden, with a grant of £21,204 the Foundation will be funding an Advice Worker post which will support young people at risk in accessing suitable housing, employment, social opportunities and dedicated drug & alcohol services when needed.

The Director of Welfare, Jeff Moore, said: “with the support of the Amy Winehouse Foundation we are now able to provide focused services for young people, as part of a larger project aimed at ensuring potential and recent migrants are able to access the information and support they need to ensure they do not place themselves at risk”.