The Amy Winehouse Resilience Programme is launching in Secondary Schools in Liverpool.
We will soon be approaching the 14th September which would have been Amys 31st birthday and will also be the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s 3rd birthday. After the success of last year’s #Amys30 events and the overwhelming support we received from fans & supporters all over the world, we thought it would be nice to mark this very special occasion again this year.
We would love you to organise a fundraising event over the weekend of 12th-14th September to mark the occasion to raise money for AWF’s valuable work. Your support helps us to continue our work to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people and help the most vulnerable to reach their full potential.
You could hold a gig, a bake sale, a sporting event or anything else you can think of that will help raise funds… and have a lot of fun at the same time!
Please post photos of your event using the hashtag #AWFis3 on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and at the end of September we will send an Amy Winehouse Foundation goody bag to the person or group with the best photo!
If you need any advice on organising your fundraising event or setting up your Just Giving page then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thankyou for all your continued support, we couldn’t do it without you!
We are proud to announce an exciting new project ‘Camden Music Works’ which we have just launched in partnership with Camden Council, Westminster Kingsway College and Camden into Enterprise.
This new pilot programme will see 10 young people aged 18-24 from the borough of Camden embark on the innovative 6-week long scheme. Targeted towards young people who are not in full-time employment, education or training, the programme is designed to provide individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and experience to go on and gain a successful career within the music world.
Training will be delivered by business experts and specialist teachers at The Camden Into Enterprise Hub at Westminster Kingsway College, with special guest speakers from across the music industry also attending to pass on their professional advice.
Training will cover important aspects such as how the industry is structured to the best ways of securing a job through CV and interview workshops.
Whilst on a work experience placement, young people will also keep a record of their experiences by recording outcomes, building an action-plan and identifying possible personal and professional areas for development. Work placement partners include; Camden Lock Market Ltd, Tower 47, MTV, Island Records and Black Butter Records.
The programme worked closely with The Prince’s Trust, Job Centre Plus and a range of other youth organisations to identify eligible young people who would benefit from the programme.
The Mayor of Camden, Councillor Jonathan Simpson, said: “Camden houses some of the capital’s most legendary music venues and is a vibrant centre for the creative industries. It is therefore appropriate that we should take the lead in developing an innovative and potentially life changing opportunity for the talented young people of this borough.
“There are many young people who have a passion for music, but underestimate their potential and presume that the avenues into the industry are weighted against them.
“This programme seeks to readdress this by offering a programme to strengthen their employability prospects and connect employers with talented young people.
“It is our firm belief that the industry will benefit from involvement in the programme by offering new avenues of recruitment.”
Mitch Winehouse added: “We were really keen to get involved in the Camden Works Music Experience pilot because we know from our work in the borough, and indeed other parts of the capital, that there are a great deal of young people keen to get into the industry but facing significant barriers to opportunities simply because of their circumstances.
“These young people have a great deal of creativity and enthusiasm to offer, and in partnership with some of our friends and contacts in the industry we hope to increase their chances of beginning a career in an industry they are passionate about.”
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You can catch a news story about the project and Dorchester event here:
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.
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.