Our new study shows that drug and alcohol education in school works. Now we are calling on government to provide it to all pupils.

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Our new study shows that if drug and alcohol education in schools is done properly, it works. Now we are calling on government to provide it to all pupils.

Five years ago this month, we set up the Amy Winehouse Foundation in order to join the fight against drug and alcohol problems among young people.

As a key part of that work, we joined up with the treatment charity Addaction and created the Amy Winehouse Resilience Programme for Schools. Our research showed that the kinds of drug and alcohol education that was taking place in schools wasn’t anywhere near as effective as it could be, so we created something new. In our model which runs at selected schools across the UK, trained and accredited volunteers use their own experiences of substance misuse and recovery to educate students, parents and teachers about the real reasons why young people may misuse substances and what can be done to prevent it. These volunteers have all overcome significant personal issues and now live substance free lives, contributing to society and helping others to make wise and informed choices. And it is that honesty and truth – about the underlying feelings and root causes of substance misuse problems, that has made all the difference.

Our new report shows just how effective that work has been. It is one of largest research studies of its kind, evaluating 17,000 young people engaged with the Resilience Programme. The results show the vital importance of skills development programmes around alcohol and drugs.

  • 89% of pupils said they found the programme useful to them. Only 4% said it was not useful.
  • 76% of young people said their knowledge about drugs, including “legal highs” had increased.
  • 73% of young people said their knowledge about alcohol had increased. 75% of young people said they were more con dent about making safer decisions about drug use and 73% said the same about alcohol use.
  • The Programme helps participants to develop skills to manage self-esteem, risky behaviours and peer pressure.The evidence shows that ability and confidence to manage these areas plays an important role in young people’s decision-making around substances.
  • 91% of pupils said they were now well informed that they could seek confidential help in the event of being concerned about substance use, peer pressure or bullying.
  • 79% of pupils said that they would be more likely to avoid risky behaviours relating to substance misuse.
  • 83% of pupils said they would seek out support for alcohol or drug issues.
  • 77% of pupils said they would definitely not use drugs in the next six months.

We are now calling on the Government to put in place effective, evidence-based prevention wok across all schools in the UK. Our research shows that it can improve life chances for young people, and truly have an effect on the problems of drug and alcohol misuse.

You can download a copy of our new report, Real Life Experience: Results and Recommendations, here.

This morning (12th September, 2016) Jane Winehouse appeared alongside Addaction on BBC Radio 4’s flagship Today programme to talk about the results of the study, the Foundation’s anniversary and about the resilience programme. You can listen to that interview here (from 2h52m) until the 10th October, 2016.

Amy’s Place – a new recovery house for young women

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation has teamed up with Centra Care and Support to provide a recovery house for young women, aged 18 to 30, overcoming drug and alcohol addiction.

Opening in East London on Monday 22nd August, the house pioneers a programmewhich addresses the specialist needs of female addicts, which are often more complex than their male counterparts. The project also highlights the need for a new approach to support female addicts.

Named ‘Amy’s Place’, the house will provide a lasting legacy of support for women to reintegrate into society with the best possible opportunity of sustaining their recovery and building a fulfilling life.

Amy’s Place will be one of the only projects in the country to bridge the gap between women leaving addiction treatment services and finding independent accommodation. Women in recovery are often overcoming abusive histories and need a safe place to recover before embarking on a new life.

Women at the scheme will be provided with temporary homes in one of 12-self-contained apartments and supported using what is known as a co-production model, giving them shared control over the services that aid their recovery.

The model was shaped with the input of young women in recovery and also those addicts living in an all-female rehabilitation centre in south London. From their feedback, Centra and the Amy Winehouse Foundation have created a 3-month programme for new residents, which will comprise of 4 groups a day encompassing holistic activities such as Yoga and Reiki as well as relapse prevention groups.

Research shows that women have a far greater chance of relapse without this kind of support. In an American-based recovery house model including a sample of 293 women, it was found that addicts who stayed at the recovery centre had significant lower substance use rates (31%) versus the usual aftercare system (65%) (Jason et al, 2007).

Despite more women entering addiction treatment services, there is only one other all women recovery house in London where the waiting list exceeds six months and just a smattering around the country. Out of the several hundred recovery-housing beds in the UK, only 1% is a woman specific.

Jane Winehouse of the Amy Winehouse Foundation said: “This project will make such a profound difference to so many young women, enabling them to have a safe environment in which to re-build their lives and put into practice all the learning they have acquired through their treatment journey. Fresh starts are difficult to make; full of challenges, but at Amy’s Place we will give young women the tools and support to help them make this a reality.

There is a huge lack of support to meet the needs of women in this area and we hope ‘Amy’s Place’ will show just how much more effective we can be.”

Centra and the Amy Winehouse Foundation have developed the new recovery house, which will help up to 16 young women. The residents, who will have all completed a programme of rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse, will be provided with temporary homes, mentoring and workshops by the Amy Winehouse Foundation and Centra Care and Support to help them rebuild their lives in the outside world.

Michelle Davies, Regional Business Manager for Centra Care and Support, said: “This innovative new recovery model will provide high quality support to help young women with a range of needs live independently after leaving residential facilities for drug and alcohol treatment. We want to empower young women to remain in control of their recovery by providing safe and secure homes, personalised services and a vibrant community that will build on their strengths, experiences and preferences.

“We are incredibly proud to be working alongside the Amy Winehouse Foundation to develop this important new service. It is one of a number of community-based services run by Centra Care and Support which supports vulnerable people to gain independence and establish a new and permanent home.”

Centra is part of not-for-profit organisation Circle Housing.

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, the parent company for the Stables Market in Camden Town.

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Press Coverage For The Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball


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