amy winehouse foundation to open all-female home for recovering addicts

Amy's Place opens on August 22, five years after the late legend's tragic death.

by Hannah Ongley
Aug 1 2016, 3:25pm

More than five years have passed since Amy Winehouse's tragic death from alcohol poisoning at the age of just 27. The iconic singer's lasting impact on music and contemporary culture can hardly be underestimated — thanks in no small part to the efforts of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was set up by Winehouse's family in 2011 in the wake of her death. For years the charity has been fostering young artistic talent through its Amy's Yard initiative, which nurtures the talents of disadvantaged young people through music. Now the Amy Winehouse Foundation is making a positive impact on the mental health of young women with Amy's Place — a home for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. The recovery house will open in East London on Monday, reports The Guardian

"There are about six women-only rehabs, and beyond that, there's an even greater paucity of women-specific recovery housing beds," said Dominic Ruffy, the special project director at the Amy Winehouse Foundation. "There is only one other women-only recovery house in London and it's only a four-bed with a six-month waiting list."

"Picture a person who is 14 years old, has come from a broken home, hasn't engaged at school, ends on a path of addiction and winds up at 25-26 years old going to rehab, learning how to get clean, and then leaving rehab and being told to get on with it," he continued. "It can be as simple as not knowing how to go about getting your benefits or engaging in college." Ruffy added that all-female recovery houses were necessary because "women tend to come into recovery with a host of complex issues, whether that's physical, mental, or psychological abuse."

The residents of Amy's Place will take part in a three-month program that includes yoga, relapse prevention groups, and potential skills and employability based workshops. The program was inspired by asking several recovering addicts at other all-women rehab centers in London to describe what their dream house would look like in order for them to make a fresh start and rebuild their lives. 


Text Hannah Ongley
Amy Winehouse - The Hot Beaches Issue, No. 288, December 2007
Photography Bryan Adams and George Harvey

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