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PCC to Join Winehouse Family to discuss drug and alcohol awareness

PCC to Join Winehouse Family to discuss drug and alcohol awareness

Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Charles, will join the family of Amy Winehouse at New Mills School on Friday evening to speak about tackling drug and alcohol abuse.

The Commissioner, who is to host a drugs summit later in the month, is calling on the Government for a rethink of the national policy on drug abuse, pointing out that the policies adopted for the last forty odd years had not had a major impact.

He is particularly keen to see prevention work adopted more widely with children and young people, in effect stopping the problem before it starts.  In recent months he has supported many projects aimed at young people, to make them aware of the dangers associated with different types of behaviour, including sexting, grooming and alcohol and drug awareness.

Attendees will also hear singer Amy Winehouse’s family speak about The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme, a ground-breaking drug and alcohol awareness and prevention programme that is delivered in selected secondary schools in the UK.

Mitch Winehouse, founder of the Foundation, will talk about the impact of substance misuse and the loss of his daughter, Amy. There will also be an introduction to the Resilience Programme and information about drug and alcohol issues within the UK today.

Mr Winehouse said, “It is important to stress that substance misuse of any kind is an illness and needs to be treated as such. What we are doing here is very important and will be felt all over the UK.”


Background information 

Funded by a £4.3m grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme, run in partnership with Addaction, works to prevent drug and alcohol misuse by equipping pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to make truly informed decisions around drugs and alcohol. It provides the security, space and opportunity needed to talk about subjects and personal problems that young people may feel embarrassed about or unwilling to share.

In its first year, the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme has already delivered to 30,000 young people in schools across the UK. The project will launch in New Mills School in July 2015, and this event is to raise awareness of the project beforehand with parents and others in the community.

Anyone interested can attend and event details are as follows:

Venue: Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, Derbyshire.  

Date: 12th June 2015, 16:30 – 19:00

Notes to editors

 1.     For further information about this event and to arrange a press interview on the day please contact Alistair Bohm on T: 020 7017 2741 M: 07818 587696  E: a.bohm@addaction.org.uk

 2.   Contact Alan Charles via Sallie Blair, 01283 821012

 3.   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. http://ww.amywinehousefoundation.org

 4.    Addaction is a leading UK charity which helps people and communities overcome the effects of drug and alcohol misuse. For nearly 50 years we’ve been providing support to individuals and families. We run over 120 services in over 80 locations across England and Scotland, helping around 70,000 people every year. http://ww.addaction.org.uk

5.     The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes. 

Posted on Wednesday 10th June 2015
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