The Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme is a groundbreaking drug and alcohol awareness and prevention programme for secondary schools delivered in partnership with Addaction.
Trained and accredited volunteers use their own experiences of substance misuse and recovery to educate students, parents and teachers about the triggers for substance misuse and what can be done to prevent it. These volunteers have all overcome significant personal issues and now live substance free lives, helping others to make informed choices.
It’s this approach – putting real life experiences at the heart of drug and alcohol education – that makes the programme so effective. We engage students in discussing their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. And we enable them to address issues such as low self-esteem, poor body image, racism and bullying without turning to drugs or alcohol.
But the Programme isn’t just for pupils. Everybody in a young person’s life needs to be properly informed about drugs, alcohol and their related problems if we’re to create an honest and open environment in which informed choices can be made. As part of the Programme, clinical staff from Addaction work alongside the Amy Winehouse Foundation to help teachers better identify pupils who may be living with parents, carers or siblings who are misusing substances.
Research shows that these young people are most at risk of developing drug and alcohol problems themselves, later in life, and by supporting them as early as we possibly can, we have a better chance of preventing significant problems before they start.