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Spreading The Word – Schools in Camden Sign Up To AWF Resilience Programme

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A number of schools in the London Borough of Camden have agreed to take part in the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme.

This exciting journey comes as part of the work the charity is doing with the Mayor of Camden, Jonathan Simpson.

The schools participating in the  pilot are Acland Burghley School, La Sainte Union School and Hampstead School.

Ms Helen Taylor, Deputy Head at La Sainte Union, said: “Thank you for setting up the sessions for year 10 students following your excellent presentation last half term. The response from staff and students  was very positive indeed and the presentations very powerful across  the board”.

 

The Foundation  are continuing to deliver their programme in multiple locations across the UK during this term and the coming year ahead, and we will deliver regional updates as they come in.

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.

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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’.

Janis Winehouse And Mayor Of Camden Celebrate Anniversary Of Borough’s MS Society

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Amy’s mother Janis accompanied Mayor of Camden Jonathan Simpson to  the 40th anniversary of the Camden Branch of the MS Society, an evening reception held at the Charlie Ratchford Centre which is in Belmont Street, NW1.

Janis said: ‘We were honoured to attend the 40th Anniversary celebrations of the Camden Multiple Sclerosis Society with Jonathan. It was enlightening to see another support group in action, and the love, support and affection of the members was inspiring. They made us feel so at home and its just a shame to see how underfunded the group is as they doing such essential work’.

 

Education Must Be Effective If We Are To Tackle These Shocking Health Statistics, Says Amy Winehouse’s Father

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Mitch Winehouse has stated that education around drinking is ‘inconsistent or non existent’ in response to new Government figures on health inequalities and premature death rates in the UK.

The figures were published today (11th June) by Public Health England, via its new Longer Lives website (http://longerlives.phe.org.uk/). On BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt pointed out that they were ‘shocking’, and that education was key in addressing the issues behind the statistics, such as obesity, smoking and drinking.

Mitch is in full agreement that education plays a vital role in improving the nation’s wellbeing. However, he is adamant that any such education has to be timely, consistent and effective – and that such education programmes in secondary schools have historically been either ‘inconsistent or non existent’.

He states: ‘In the few areas that do have educational programmes that cover alcohol, these only happen once or twice a year and don’t include any teacher training, parent engagement or ongoing student support.

‘That is why the Amy Winehouse Foundation has set up its own programme. We believe it will change drug and alcohol education in this country for the better. It works as education as it looks at why people drink or use drugs, and is delivered in partnership with the specialist treatment charity, Addaction’.

The Amy Winehouse Resilience Programme for Schools currently operates in ten sites across the UK, but Mr. Winehouse urges councils – who have been responsible for tackling local public health problems since April – to look closely at what is being provided in their communities.

‘The government agrees that prevention is better than cure when it comes to these important issues’ says Mr. Winehouse, ‘which is exactly why we must get programmes – like the Amy Winehouse Reslience Programme – into schools.

The Big Night Out

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As many of you are already aware, at the Amy Winehouse Foundation we think big when it comes to charities. From homeless shelters to community projects, the range of grants and support we provide is varied.

Last year, we funded the London Irish Centre, based in Camden Square this centre has grown to meet the interests of the ever-growing Irish community and residents of Camden. Aimed at engaging the community, they provide guidance and support with alcohol and drug misuse, physical and mental health, family and relationships and the importance of budgeting finances.

When we were told about the increase of young people coming to the centre to seek support, we granted the centre with £21,204 to fund an Advice Worker to support young people at a risk, having trouble accessing suitable housing, employment, social opportunities and dedicated drug & alcohol services when needed.

Another charity that we are proud to have supported is the LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. As the first children’s hospice in Ireland, they care for children with life limiting conditions and their families. Their team of carers aim to provide the highest care of the children. Last year we presented them with €25000, which was raised through the Euro equivalent of £1 from every copy of Amy’s new album ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ sold in Ireland.

Having funded both charities, we decided to introduce the two organisations, as they are both Irish and doing great work in supporting disadvantaged young people, and we are proud to be supporting them in an event called the BIG Night Out.

Are you up for a BIG night on the town?

Get your dancing shoes on and join us on the 23rd of May at the London Irish Centre in Camden Square. With live music from Mitch Winehouse and his band, host Ray D’Arcy from Today FM and music from Mick Flannery, this black tie event will also feature a delicious three-course meal with an auction after.

Tickets for this fabulous night out range from £95 to £900 for a table of 10.

Join us in supporting two worthy causes and making difference to young peoples lives.

To find out more about tickets visit:

http://www.londonirishcentre.org/news/ray-darcy-to-host-the-big-night-out-at-the-london-irish-centre

To find out more about both charities please visit:

http://www.lauralynn.ie/blog/

http://www.londonirishcentre.org/

Thank you for reading and have a great week x

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Giving Our Backing To Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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What do you think of as child abuse?

Whilst many might associate child abuse with physical assault, this isn’t always the case. Quite often children can also be the victims of emotional abuse. Child abuse refers to the maltreatment of children on both a physical and emotional level.

Either way, the consequences of a difficult childhood can stay with you for the rest of your life. Often those who have been the victims of such crime (whether reported or unreported) struggle to articulate their emotions and relate to other people causing significant problems in later life. With their confidence in tatters, according to the NSPCC they are much more likely to become abuse victims again in the future or to suffer from alcohol or drug addiction.

Of course, while there are many ways to support those who have been the victims of such abuse, we at the Amy Winehouse Foundation fully support Child Abuse Awareness Month.  Since the launch of the foundation, we have worked with and supported many young people who have been the victims of domestic abuse.

Yet still it is not enough. Imagine these young people are your sister, brother, your best friend or even your child? Wouldn’t you want someone to help? We should not rest until every child in the UK is safe and well cared for.

So this month, why don’t you do something to make a difference… you never know you might just save a life.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme Launches

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  • Only a third of parents believe government doing enough to prevent addiction issues.
  • New Amy Winehouse Foundation secondary schools programme to focus on emotional resilience of pupils, and root causes of drug and alcohol problems
  • Foundation set up in late singer’s memory joins forces with treatment charity Addaction

Amy Winehouse’s father has demanded a change in the way children are taught about drugs and alcohol, claiming that current provision in schools is ‘not fit for purpose’.

Such education is ‘either inconsistent or non-existent’ and ‘misunderstands the reasons people turn to drink and drugs in the first place’ says Mitch Winehouse.

His words came at the launch of a new programme to supports and informs pupils, parents and teachers on drug and alcohol issues: The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme – The drug and alcohol awareness programme for schools has been set up in conjunction with respected treatment charity Addaction, and is in direct response to what Mr Winehouse calls ‘the failings of the current system’.

The programme is being launched at London’s first ever ‘Recovery Festival’, which takes place at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster on March 12th and 13th.

To further support Mr. Winehouse’s claims, the Amy Winehouse Foundation and Addaction polled over 4000 people in the UK on drug and alcohol issues]. The survey found that:

  • 84 per cent of respondents with school aged children (5-15yrs) believe that drugs and alcohol are a serious problem.
  • Only 33 per cent of respondents believed that schools provide adequate education to children and young people around drugs and alcohol.
  • Only 33 per cent of respondents believe the government is doing enough to tackle underage drinking and illegal drug use.

Mr Winehouse says:

‘Things just don’t add up. The government believes that prevention is far better than cure when it comes to addiction, but funding for preventative education has dropped by 87 per cent in just two years. Parents are hugely concerned about the problems, but drug and alcohol education isn’t on the national curriculum. And in the few areas of the UK that do have programmes, these only happen once or twice a year and don’t include any teacher training, parent engagement or on-going student support.

‘It was in direct response to these problems that we set up our new programme. We believe it will effectively change drug and alcohol education in this country for the better’.

The Foundation’s Resilience programme will initially be rolled out in ten different locations across England and will be delivered by people who are already in recovery. This team will be fully trained, accredited and supported by professional workers in the field.  Through the programme, they will 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.

As a result, it will:

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

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

Also, the programme trains teachers to better identify students at risk of substance misuse and to help to better support those who need it.  This is provided through Addaction’s successful Skills 4 Change. Since beginning in 2011, 86% of enrolled students have stated that they are coping better at school, because of Skills 4 Change, and 74% of students stating that they are coping better at home because of the help they have received.

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

Addaction’s Chief Executive Simon Antrobus says that, over the past five years, the charity has seen a 25 per cent increase in the number of young people seeking help for drug and alcohol problems. He says:

‘Every day at Addaction, we see people who’ve turned to drugs or drink to help deal with a personal problem. That’s why this new programme is so important. It doesn’t ‘just say no’ – it also looks at ‘why’.

‘It focuses on underlying issues such as self-esteem, or at issues within the family – and it gives young people the confidence to deal with these problems without turning to drugs or alcohol in the first place. By doing so it’s teaching them some of the most important skills they’ll ever learn in life’.

Mr Winehouse says:

‘Amy always had a lot of time for young people and wanted to help them whenever she could. 

‘Through the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme we will be able to help thousands of young people – and Amy would have been very proud of that.’

For more information on the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme, visit https://www.amywinehousefoundation.org/resilience-programme-for-schools

‘Paperblanks’ Amy Winehouse Foundation Journals Available

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Paperblanks are excited to be able to tell you about the newest addition to the Embellished Manuscripts Collection, the ‘Amy Winehouse, Tears Dry’ journal.  Designed in partnership with the Amy Winehouse Foundation, this book features a self-portrait of the British singer alongside her signature and lyrics to one of her most recognizable songs, ‘Tears dry on their own’.

Royalties from the sale of this journal will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. This global charity helps prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.  The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up by her family in memory of Amy and it also aims to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.

Amy Winehouse personally owned many Paperblanks journals and Alex Winehouse from the Foundation explains more about the design chosen for the cover “I personally wanted to find a sketch that Amy had drawn – it is something I think Paperblanks do very well in respect to other artists and musicians in the portfolio – that showed that she was a fun, quirky, loving person.  This sketch, taken from a little note she had written, sums her up very well I think. To the world, she was a major music star. To her family and friends, she was someone completely different. I think, with the sketch and the lyrics featured on the book cover design, we get both of these sides.”

Hoping to inspire future songwriters, writers and poets the Embellished Manuscripts Collection features famous artists, writers and philosophers, and creates a space for people to write their thoughts or works of art of their own.

The ‘Amy Winehouse, Tears Dry’ journal comes in Mini, Midi and Ultra size.

For more information, go to http://blog.paperblanks.com/2013/02/amy-winehouse-journal/

It’s Time To Talk About Eating Disorders

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Last week marked ‘Eating Disorders Week’, a national campaign to raise awareness and understanding of this serious mental illness, challenge the stereotypes and stigmas that people with eating disorders face and campaign for better services and treatments.

One charity that is committed to helping people with eating disorders is Beat, whose vision is that all eating disorders will be beaten. They aim to change the way people think and talk about eating disorders, improve the way services and treatment are provided, and to help anyone suffering with an eating disorder to believe their eating disorder can be beaten (www.b-eat.co.uk).

Eating Disorders are a cause the Amy Winehouse Foundation feels very passionate about. Although there was always a great deal of media attention given to Amy’s battle with drugs and alcohol, there was much less focus on her ongoing struggle with Bulimia, something she suffered with from a much earlier age than her addictions. People who have Bulimia try to control their weight by severely restricting the amount of food they eat, then binge eating and purging the food from their body by making themselves sick or by using laxatives (www.nhs.uk).

Between the release of Frank and Back to Black there were periods when the media would refer to Amy as ‘curvy’ and ‘chubby’, and although no one can place a specific time on when her Bulimia started, members of the family noticed significant change with her eating patterns, behaviour and her weight during this time.

The constant pressure placed on celebrities, and in turn young people, to uphold a specific image can become all too much to bare. Life in the limelight can often lead to people feeling they have no control over their own lives, which can lead to unhealthy behaviours in order to gain some control.

Research has shown that there is often a connection between addictions and eating disorders, particularly in young women. The road to many addictions can begin with low self-esteem, a lack of confidence and a lack of accurate and responsible information.

This is why it is important for us as a society to celebrate people of all shapes and sizes, and to do our best to ensure that young people start life with a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude to themselves and their bodies.

If you have been affected by an eating disorder, or know someone who has, please visit or contact:

www.b-eat.co.uk
Helpline – 0845 634 1414
Youthline – 0845 634 6750
email – fyp@b-eat.co.uk
text – 07786 20 18 20

www.nhs.uk/eating-disorders

NHS DIrect – 0845 4647

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