SCHOOLCHILDREN will be taught about the dangers of substance abuse by visitors from the Amy Winehouse Foundation set up by the singer’s father Mitch following her death from alcohol intoxication in 2011 aged 27.
Mr Winehouse announced the Resilience Programme, which will launch in Brent schools from September, at Brent Civic Centre in Engineers Way, Wembley, on Tuesday last week.
Councillor Krupesh Hirani (Labour), Brent Council’s lead member for health and wellbeing, said: “We’re really excited that the resilience programme is being rolled out across Brent secondary schools in partnership with the Amy Winehouse Foundation from the start of the next academic year.
“We hope that both students and parents can learn from this programme and that we can make a real impact into educating our youngsters about drug and alcohol misuse.”
The Amy Winehouse Foundation has received funding from the Big Lottery Fund to offer the programme and is working in partnership with Addaction Drug and Alcohol Service to deliver the lessons.
The Resilience Programme provides parents evenings on substance misuse, sessions for pupils where guests talk about their real-life addictions, group sessions covering self-esteem, peer pressure and risky behaviour, teacher training, and advice on where youngsters can go for local treatment.
The schools taking part are Capital City Academy; Queens Park Community School; The Crest Academies; Poplar Grove Pupil Referral Unit, and Copland Community School (which will be ARK Elvin Academy come September).