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Prevalence Study in Lancashire

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This week Jane Winehouse, together with Tuba Mazhari from our Prevalence Study team, visited Fleetwood High School in Lancashire to meet students who have recently taken part in our Resilience Programme Prevalence Study. The main aim of the Study, funded by the Big Lottery, is to identify current trends in substance use. This information can then be used to demonstrate the necessity for high quality drug, alcohol and mental health education in schools to commissioners, local and central government officials, and be used to develop more targeted and effective support and treatment services for young people in the future.


This was a great opportunity to share more about the Foundation’s work and do some workshops with the students. The school is also benefitting from our wider Resilience Programme which is delivered in partnership with Addaction and works with students, parents and teachers and focusses on the underlying issues that can lead to substance misuse. We were impressed by the level of engagement from the young people who took part and very much enjoyed hearing their feedback.

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.
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Resilience Programme For Schools


The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme supports teachers by ensuring that:

  • They have increased knowledge, access to support and information about drug and alcohol issues.
  • They are better able to identify students at risk of substance misuse.
  • They have greater knowledge, skills and confidence to support young people, including those who are directly affected by a parent’s substance misuse.

For more information, email

To donate to the programme click here.

Young People

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme supports children and young people by ensuring that:

  • Those aged 11-18 have better awareness and knowledge about the effects of substance misuse on their physical and mental health, emotional wellbeing, relationships and future achievements.
  • Those affected by substance misuse and/or parental substance misuse are supported to achieve (and maintain) better health, emotional wellbeing and a better education, by developing new skills and networks of support.
  • Young people have a greater understanding of underlying mental health issues connected to drug and alcohol misuse, including depression, eating disorders and self-harming.

For more information, email

To donate to the programme click here.


Resilience Programme For Schools


The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme supports parents by ensuring that:

  • They have information about substance misuse issues, as well as and increased knowledge of the support on offer and how to access it.
  • They are better able to communicate with their children about drug and alcohol issues.
  • They are provided with school parents evenings, where they will hear from a person in recovery, receive drug and alcohol awareness education and take part in a structured question and answer session.

For more information, email

To donate to the programme click here.

How The Programme Works

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation Drug & Alcohol Awareness Programme brings together the Foundation’s existing work with Addaction’s Skills 4 Change, which supports those young people affected by a parent’s drug or alcohol problems.








It supports any student that seeks help, and:

  • Helps to reduce substance misuse and anti-social behaviour in the local area.
  • Increases young people’s awareness and knowledge regarding drugs and alcohol, as well as anti-social behaviour and offending.
  • Increases young people’s levels of resilience, self esteem and resistance to peer pressure.
  • Increases knowledge about drug and alcohol issues, as well as of accessing specialist support and treatment, among pupils, teachers and parents.
  • Offers a free, confidential phone and online service for children and young people across the UK with support from Childline.

The programme has been rolled out in ten different locations across England and is delivered by people who are already in recovery. This team is fully trained, accredited and supported by professional workers in the field.  Through the programme, they share their own experiences as recovering addicts to give young people a better understanding of drug and alcohol misuse. These ‘share’ sessions focus on self-esteem, risky behaviour and peer pressure and allow young people to explore the issues in a non-judgmental, effective and educational way.

We also work with Addaction to increase parents’ knowledge about the help that is on offer, and what support is available to both adults and young people. These evening sessions help parents to hold informed and confident conversations about drug and alcohol issues with their children.

The third part of our programme trains teachers to better identify students at risk of substance misuse and to help to better support those who need it.  We do this through Addaction’s Skills 4 Change which has been a great success since it began in 2011, with 86% of enrolled students stating that they are coping better at school, and 74% stating that they are coping better at home, You can read more about how Skills 4 Change works here.

In sites where Addaction do not deliver young peoples services the Amy Winehouse Foundation engages with local treatment services to provide teacher training and targeted intervention work.

For more information, email

To donate to the programme click here.