SCHOOLS across South Derbyshire will form part of a drug and alcohol education programme organised by a foundation set up in memory of a pop star who struggled with substance abuse before her death.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation will be joining forces with charity Addaction to visit every secondary school in the area as part of a project taking place in 10 areas across the country thanks to a £4.3 million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.
The project is made up of two parts: drug and alcohol education and support for young people affected by substance misuse at home.
“We are thrilled to have been awarded this Big Lottery funding,” said Amy’s father Mitch.
“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 programme works by creating an environment in schools where pupils can talk freely and openly about their lives, and to people who are in recovery from their own problems with drugs and alcohol.
Volunteers will also deliver life story share sessions and workshops on resilience, self esteem, peer pressure and risky behaviour.
Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “It is great to see these two charities coming together to set up an ambitious partnership that could transform, or in some cases, even potentially save young people’s lives.”
Amy Winehouse died in July 2011 after a long battle with drugs and alcohol abuse.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up in her memory and in a bid to try to steer youngsters away from drugs and to offer help for those who were already suffering form an addiction.