Monday 24 October 2016

Amy Winehouse Foundation to open women's addiction recovery home

Published 01/08/2016 | 14:36

Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning five years ago after a long battle with drug addiction
Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning five years ago after a long battle with drug addiction

The Amy Winehouse Foundation - the charity set up following the singer's death - is opening a home for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

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Called Amy's Place, the women-only recovery house will be located in east London and opens its doors next month.

The announcement comes five years after the Back To Black singer's death from alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.

Winehouse had also suffered a public battle with drug addiction.

The recovery house has been billed as "one of the only projects in the country to bridge the gap between women leaving addiction treatment services and finding independent accommodation".

A statement said: "Women in recovery are often overcoming abusive histories and need a safe place to recover before embarking on a new life."

Women will be provided with temporary homes in one of 12 self-contained apartments and have access to activities such as yoga and reiki.

The Foundation, which has teamed up with the not-for-profit organisation Centra Care and Support, said that there was only one other all-women recovery house in London and that its waiting list exceeds six months.

Amy's stepmother Jane Winehouse, who is a trustee of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, said: "This project will make such a profound difference to so many young women, enabling them to have a safe environment in which to rebuild their lives and put into practice all the learning they have acquired through their treatment journey.

"Fresh starts are difficult to make, full of challenges. But at Amy's Place we will give young women the tools and support to help them make this a reality.

"There is a huge lack of support to meet the needs of women in this area and we hope Amy's Place will show just how much more effective we can be."

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