Family of Amy Winehouse to speak at Spring Bank Arts in New Mills

Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills
Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills

The family of Amy Winehouse will host an event in New Mills tomorrow (Friday) to raise awareness of the damage caused by alcohol and drugs.

The free event, organised by the Amy Winehouse Foundation Resilience Programme and held in conjunction with New Mills School, will take place at Spring Bank Arts Centre, on Spring Bank, New Mills, between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on June 12.

Parents of local students and the wider community are being invited to attend.

Funded by a £4.3m grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the programme is run in partnership with Addaction, and works to prevent drug and alcohol misuse by equipping pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to make 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.

Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father, 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.”

In its first year, the programme has already delivered to 30,000 young people in schools across the UK.

There will be a non-alcoholic bar, light refreshments and entertainment from the school’s music department.

Debra McGloin, headteacher, said: “I would like to say how pleased we are to be part of the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s work. I hope as many people as possible attend the event.”

For more information about the programme, visit www.amywinehousefoundation.org.