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Amy Winehouse drug and alcohol awareness programme for Lincolnshire schools

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: February 28, 2014

By Chris Hall

LEGACY: The Amy Winehouse Foundation is rolling out a five-year drug and alcohol education programme in Lincolnshire schools.

LEGACY: The Amy Winehouse Foundation is rolling out a five-year drug and alcohol education programme in Lincolnshire schools.

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation is rolling out a five-year drug and alcohol education programme in Lincolnshire's schools.

It was revealed today that the charity set up by the late singer's family has secured a £4.3 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

And Lincolnshire is one of only 10 areas in the country to be chosen to deliver the project to the county's secondary school students.

The Foundation is teaming up with Lincoln-based Addaction - specialists in dealing with the dual problem - to give teenagers a hard-edged insight into the alcohol and drug abuse culture.

The project is based on two strands of work piloted by the two charities - drug and alcohol education and support for young people affected by substance misuse at home.

And it is poignant that the work is being delivered by the charity launched following the death of the musician, whose own life was dogged by spells of addiction.

Her father Mitch Winehouse said today: "We are thrilled to have been awarded this Big Lottery funding.

"It won't solve the problems in itself, but it allows us to keep going with the great work being done in Amy's name.

"And that's what we want - to get on and do something.

"We could have spent our time trying to get the programme onto the school curriculum.

"But, in all honesty, that would have taken years and years of kids missing out on something that really helps them.

"We couldn't wait and thanks to this funding support, we don't have to."

The Resilience programme works by creating an environment in schools where pupils can talk freely and openly about their lives.

Addaction workers and a team of trained volunteers - who have direct experience of substance misuse and are in recovery themselves - will visit Lincolnshire schools.

They will be among 250 people from all over the country who have offered to take part in life story share sessions and workshops.

Thwey will cover resilience, self-esteem, peer pressure and risky behaviour.

And they won't just focus on avoiding substance misuse - the aim is to explore the many factors that can contribute towards a young person being susceptible to substance misuse.

Sessions will cover emotional issues, bullying, family circumstances and the possibility of parents who misuse alcohol, drugs or both.

The programme also works with parents and teachers, helping them to better understand drug and alcohol use.

Addaction chief executive Simon Antrobus said: "The Amy Winehouse Foundation came to us as they really wanted to get this right.

"They knew that if the Resilience programme was to work, it needed to be built on the best experience and expertise available.

"We've been hugely impressed with their commitment to addressing the lack of decent drug education in our schools and how they have campaigned for more and more pupils to benefit from this effective and brilliant programme."

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