Joe and Will from the Amy Winehouse Foundation came into school to give a talk to our Sixth Form and Year 11 pupils as part of our PSHE drugs awareness education.
Joe spoke about why the Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up and introduced Will, who was drawn to drugs and alcohol as a teenager and went into recovery at the age of 41. Now 50, Will spoke from the heart about the early trauma of his mum leaving when he was 6 years old and how, for him, alcohol and drugs were an escape from the awful guilt and anger he felt about his early life experiences.
Of the day, Sixth Former Morgan said: “I’m going to remember that talk for the rest of my life. I just related so much to him and wanted to talk more.”
And Mariah, Year 11, said: “I really enjoyed Will’s talk because he wasn’t telling us what to do and what not to do. By sharing his story, he got across how harmful alcohol and drugs can be for people who are trying to block out difficult feelings.”
Louisa Allison-Bergin, Head of School, comments, “This powerful session helped our Sixth Form and Year 11 pupils to understand that addiction can take many forms and issues with drugs and alcohol can affect people from all walks of life. Will’s message was clear. Talking about your feelings is much better than burying them and using addictive substances to try to take the pain away. This talk, covered important issues around self-esteem and reaching out for help when you need it. It supports the work that we do in school and we are extremely grateful to the Amy Winehouse Foundation for the work they do in educating young people about these issues.”