Amy’s Place

Amy’s Place

‘Amy’s Place’ is our award-winning recovery house specifically for young women aged 18-30, who are overcoming drug and/or alcohol dependency.

Why we do this

After leaving treatment, Amy’s Place gives young women a safe place to live and spend time learning the life skills they need to re-adapt into everyday society and maintain their recovery.

This is one of the few projects in the country to bridge the gap between women leaving addiction treatment services and finding independent accommodation.

We address the specialist needs of women who have struggled with substance misuse – needs which are often more complex than their male counterparts’.

Women in recovery are often overcoming histories of abuse and trauma and need a safe place to recover before embarking on a new life. Research shows that women have a far greater chance of relapse without this kind of support.

What our residents say

“It’s all female which makes for a much safer vibe. Most other recovery housing is mixed and can feel intimidating.”

What our residents say

“A safe environment to recover means there is more chance of long term abstinence for the future.”

What our residents say

“The support we receive from the staff and volunteers is super helpful and better than anything I have received in my last dry house.”

What our residents say

“It gives me a safe environment where I can grow… I no longer feel alone.”

What our residents say

“Gives me hope that I can stay clean and have a beautiful life.”

What our residents say

“The beginning of something beautiful from the end of something so tragic.”

What we do

The Amy Winehouse Foundation works with Clarion Housing to provide Amy’s Place. Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, we have secured funding for Amy’s Place until 2022.

Situated in East London, the project provides temporary homes for up to 16 young women at a time.

Each person lives in a self-contained apartment and is supported using a ‘co-production’ model, which means we work closely with the residents to understand what support they need and tailor our approaches accordingly.

The main objectives of Amy’s Place are:

  • To provide practical and emotional support based on individual and cultural needs and on any issues related to substance misuse.
  • To provide support to manage tenancy issues including advice on paying rent, accessing welfare benefits and moving home.
  • To help residents with getting paid employment, volunteering, education or training.
  • To help residents develop budgeting and daily living skills.
  • To provide support with accessing services in the community to enhance physical and mental health.

If you would like to talk to someone about the service, you can contact us by phone on 0300 30 30 177 or by email at amysplace@amywinehousefoundation.org

Melissa’s story – a current resident at Amy’s Place

I think there’s a lot of misconception around addiction – I was a regular girl from a regular upbringing. I know now that addiction does not discriminate.”

Read the full story on our partner Fred Perry’s website.

Amy’s Place: winner of ‘Best Addiction Charity’ award from the Centre for Social Justice

“We are extremely grateful to our fantastic partners at Clarion Housing and to all our staff, volunteers and residents for their dedication and input into creating a place where young women can have fresh starts, flourish and fulfil their true potential. Too often, young people who are struggling are stigmatised and written off by society, but together we can change that.”

Jane Winehouse, Managing Trustee