Mother of Amy Winehouse welcomes drug and alcohol initiative in Bournemouth schools

Bournemouth Echo: FOUNDATION: Janis Winehouse has hailed a new awareness initiative coming to schools FOUNDATION: Janis Winehouse has hailed a new awareness initiative coming to schools

THE MOTHER of pop star, Amy Winehouse is hailing a new drug and alcohol awareness initiative coming to Bournemouth secondary schools.

Janis Winehouse spoke to the Daily Echo about The Amy Winehouse Foundation teaming up with the charity, Addaction, to educate students, teachers and parents about the underlying emotional wellbeing issues connected to substance misuse.

Teachers, through the Resilience Programme, will be helped to better identify and work with students at risk, to improve attendance at school, increase attainment and build resilience to peer pressure, with assistance from recovering addicts.

Janis says that not only does this teach the young people about addiction, but it also helps those in recovery get back into work.

She said: “These people will be able to tell it like it is and this is where it brings it home.

She added: “The foundation is giving these people the opportunity of employment and the chance to turn their lives around. It is the first step back into real life.

“We are really grateful for the support of Dominic Ruffey and Jane Winehouse, who are the people who have driven this forward. We are also so glad to have been given the £4.25million grant from the Big Lottery, which was specifically given to deliver the programme in 10 locations across the country.

“Taking drugs is a frightening route [in life] and both myself and Mitchell (Amy’s dad) know what can happen.

“We are both so fiercely proud of the foundation and what it is doing.”

A welcome-to-all launch event is being held this Monday, from 3.30pm to 6.30pm, at R Hub, Unit 1, Station Approach, off Ashley Road in Boscombe.

Then, on Tuesday, July 1, a volunteer recruitment morning takes place at the same location, from 11am to 1pm, aimed at those within the recovery community who wish to help deliver professional drug and alcohol education.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up in memory of the singing superstar who tragically passed away in July 2011, to help young people with varying levels of need.

For more information, contact Anna Elston, Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme co-ordinator for Bournemouth, on 07538 051204 or email a.elston@amywinehousefoundation.org

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11:11am Sat 28 Jun 14

michael mead says...

Glad to see some recovering addicts are going into some schools in Bournemouth. I do believe they should be paid for doing this type of work as they have over £4.25 million in the fund. A lot of charity's use ex addict's and don't pay them for the life changing work that they do.
It sounds like a really good project and I am sure it will help young people.
Glad to see some recovering addicts are going into some schools in Bournemouth. I do believe they should be paid for doing this type of work as they have over £4.25 million in the fund. A lot of charity's use ex addict's and don't pay them for the life changing work that they do. It sounds like a really good project and I am sure it will help young people. michael mead
  • Score: 7

8:58pm Sat 28 Jun 14

amysarmynow says...

All AJW fans are fortunate to have the AWF doing the work necessary to build what will become Amy's most important legacy: Helping Others.
All AJW fans are fortunate to have the AWF doing the work necessary to build what will become Amy's most important legacy: Helping Others. amysarmynow
  • Score: 2

3:28pm Sun 29 Jun 14

breamoreboy says...

I'll try to be there. If I can save one youngster, their family and friends from the awful experience that drug addiction is then it will be worth it.
I'll try to be there. If I can save one youngster, their family and friends from the awful experience that drug addiction is then it will be worth it. breamoreboy
  • Score: 1

9:15pm Sun 29 Jun 14

GaryAW says...

I've been a huge fan of Amys music from the start, VERY anti drugs{always have been} but live in the real world.
Amy herself knew what drugs she was taking and knew what they did and what alcohol she was drinking and what it did yet still chose to indulge- millions of people all over the world know what drugs do,yet millions choose to ignore the down sides in order to get high.Today more than ever we know more about what they do,including tobacco and alcohol yet still some seem to think it great to take it into the classroom.In simple terms by putting a substance into your body can cause ill health and death with illegal ones making the risk even higher.When it comes to illegal drugs jail all dealers for natural life,less dealers = less drugs for starters.This Liberal attitude will achieve little or nothing.Drug "Education" has been going on for years so why do millions still take them? We're "educated" not to speed in our cars yet we all do,but see Mr. Plod or a camera and we all slow down -reason- we don't want to get punished.
I've been a huge fan of Amys music from the start, VERY anti drugs{always have been} but live in the real world. Amy herself knew what drugs she was taking and knew what they did and what alcohol she was drinking and what it did yet still chose to indulge- millions of people all over the world know what drugs do,yet millions choose to ignore the down sides in order to get high.Today more than ever we know more about what they do,including tobacco and alcohol yet still some seem to think it great to take it into the classroom.In simple terms by putting a substance into your body can cause ill health and death with illegal ones making the risk even higher.When it comes to illegal drugs jail all dealers for natural life,less dealers = less drugs for starters.This Liberal attitude will achieve little or nothing.Drug "Education" has been going on for years so why do millions still take them? We're "educated" not to speed in our cars yet we all do,but see Mr. Plod or a camera and we all slow down -reason- we don't want to get punished. GaryAW
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Sun 29 Jun 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Blimey, that bust looks like a giant chocolate liquor. Bite into it and get squirted in the eye with vodka. How realistic.
Blimey, that bust looks like a giant chocolate liquor. Bite into it and get squirted in the eye with vodka. How realistic. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -3

11:55pm Sun 29 Jun 14

whataboutthat says...

What a weird photo. What a weird story. What a weird chairty thing. Just weird. Who notices this sort of thing like a 20 yrs od popping e's and some...? What can I say. Amy chiocolate. Amy;s mum. Just weird...
What a weird photo. What a weird story. What a weird chairty thing. Just weird. Who notices this sort of thing like a 20 yrs od popping e's and some...? What can I say. Amy chiocolate. Amy;s mum. Just weird... whataboutthat
  • Score: -1

6:43am Mon 30 Jun 14

ashleycross says...

What a waste of money..The money should be spent on private prosecutions of people who supply children with alcohol and drugs, And that includes parents who make no effort to stop them getting hold of alcohol and cigarettes at home. There are still children at poole station every day of the week, recorded on the council's cctv smoking, and no effort whatsoever being made to prosecute whoever is supplying them. Children are the victims here. The perpetrators of crimes against them should be being pursued instead of spending money of educating them in avoiding these people like its their own fault if they are supplied.
What a waste of money..The money should be spent on private prosecutions of people who supply children with alcohol and drugs, And that includes parents who make no effort to stop them getting hold of alcohol and cigarettes at home. There are still children at poole station every day of the week, recorded on the council's cctv smoking, and no effort whatsoever being made to prosecute whoever is supplying them. Children are the victims here. The perpetrators of crimes against them should be being pursued instead of spending money of educating them in avoiding these people like its their own fault if they are supplied. ashleycross
  • Score: 1

9:53am Mon 30 Jun 14

breamoreboy says...

GaryAW wrote:
I've been a huge fan of Amys music from the start, VERY anti drugs{always have been} but live in the real world.
Amy herself knew what drugs she was taking and knew what they did and what alcohol she was drinking and what it did yet still chose to indulge- millions of people all over the world know what drugs do,yet millions choose to ignore the down sides in order to get high.Today more than ever we know more about what they do,including tobacco and alcohol yet still some seem to think it great to take it into the classroom.In simple terms by putting a substance into your body can cause ill health and death with illegal ones making the risk even higher.When it comes to illegal drugs jail all dealers for natural life,less dealers = less drugs for starters.This Liberal attitude will achieve little or nothing.Drug "Education" has been going on for years so why do millions still take them? We're "educated" not to speed in our cars yet we all do,but see Mr. Plod or a camera and we all slow down -reason- we don't want to get punished.
There is one drug dealer for every two police officers in this country so where do we start?
[quote][p][bold]GaryAW[/bold] wrote: I've been a huge fan of Amys music from the start, VERY anti drugs{always have been} but live in the real world. Amy herself knew what drugs she was taking and knew what they did and what alcohol she was drinking and what it did yet still chose to indulge- millions of people all over the world know what drugs do,yet millions choose to ignore the down sides in order to get high.Today more than ever we know more about what they do,including tobacco and alcohol yet still some seem to think it great to take it into the classroom.In simple terms by putting a substance into your body can cause ill health and death with illegal ones making the risk even higher.When it comes to illegal drugs jail all dealers for natural life,less dealers = less drugs for starters.This Liberal attitude will achieve little or nothing.Drug "Education" has been going on for years so why do millions still take them? We're "educated" not to speed in our cars yet we all do,but see Mr. Plod or a camera and we all slow down -reason- we don't want to get punished.[/p][/quote]There is one drug dealer for every two police officers in this country so where do we start? breamoreboy
  • Score: 0
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