The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme is our groundbreaking drug and alcohol awareness and prevention programme for secondary schools.
Delivered in partnership with Addaction this revolutionary programme works with trained and accredited volunteers with life experience of substance misuse and recovery to educate students, parents and teachers about the real reasons why young people may misuse substances and what can be done to prevent it.
Our volunteers have all overcome significant emotional wellbeing problems to enable them to live substance free, contributing to society and helping others to avoid the suffering they experienced themselves.
Delivering ‘Life Experience Assembly Shares’ and ‘Resilience Programme Classroom Workshops’, we engage students in discussing their real thoughts, feelings and behaviours during their school years. We tackle many of the issues young people face today including feelings of low self-esteem, poor body image, bullying, racism, eating disorders and depression and how to overcome these pressures.
We build resilience in the students we work with and in tandem we educate their parents, in parent evening events, about the real reasons their children may misuse substances and how best to have open and honest conversations with their children around these issues.
Addaction train teachers as to how best identify children who may be living in substance misusing environments and then for those students who are identified with problems, deliver an in-school intervention to help those young people overcome their issues.
Evaluated by Harvard University including a full Randomised Control Trial, our Programme is currently being funded by the Big Lottery Fund to be delivered in 10 locations around the UK including Barnsley, Bournemouth, Brent, Havering, Lincolnshire, Derby, Preston, Morecambe, Liverpool and Halton.
Over the course of the next five years we will deliver our Programme to 250,000 students – the tip of the iceberg yes, but it’s a start…..
The Programme provides:
- Parents’ evenings to inform parents about the underlying reasons for substance misuse, the range of substances currently in circulation, and to encourage them to have better communication with their children.
- Sessions that incorporate real-life stories and ‘share sessions’ that provide a catalyst for further discussion around drugs and alcohol, as well as other issues (such as depression and self harm).
- Groups that build resilience in students, covering issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure and risky behaviour.
- Signposting to local treatment services.
By working together with Addaction and Childline we will empower the next generation to have the skills they need to make positive life choices.
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