Amy Winehouse dad helps Barnsley drugs project

Singer Amy Winehouse
Singer Amy Winehouse

Barnsley is to get a new drug and alcohol education programme – run by the charity set up by the father of the late singer Amy Winehouse.

The town is one of 10 areas to get the new programme run in schools by the Amy Winehouse Foundation in partnership with drug and alcohol charity Addaction.

The Resilience Education programme will offer drug and alcohol education and support for youngsters affected by drug and alcohol abuse at home.

It is being delivered thanks to a £4.3million grant from the Big Lottery Fund.

Mitch Winehouse, whose pop star daughter died of alcohol abuse in July 2011, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this Big Lottery funding.

“It won’t solve the problems in itself, but it allows us to keep going with the great work being done in Amy’s name.

“And that’s what we want – to get on and do something.

“We couldn’t wait, and thanks to this funding support, we don’t have to.”

The project will be delivered by ex-users.