Amy Winehouse charity hosting school talks about addiction

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was launched in 2011 following the singer's death

The Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up following the death of the British singer, has started to give talks in school about the dangers of addiction.

The charity was launched in September 2011 after Amy Winehouse‘s passing in July 2011. Winehouse died of accidental alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 following well-documented struggles with drug abuse and eating disorders.

Now, The Guardian reports that the foundation, run by Winehouse’s family plus volunteers, have been holding school talks in 11 regions around the UK.

The programme, supported by a £4.3m grant from the Big Lottery fund and which partners with specialist addiction charity Addaction, sees former addicts speaking to young people about their experiences and road to recovery.

Volunteer Dominic Ruffy said: “If we can help these kids overcome their emotional wellbeing issues, they’re less likely to do drugs when they’re older. Empathy is the big thing. It’s getting honest with the kids and allowing them to get honest with us”.

The scheme was launched a year ago, with 87 volunteers fully trained and an additional 60 people in training. The foundation aims to reach 250,000 pupils in the next five years.

Meanwhile, Mark Ronson has praised the recent Amy Winehouse documentary, as well as the late singer herself, in a new interview.

A feature-length documentary about Winehouse’s life, Amy was released in cinemas in July and broke a UK box office record in its opening weekend.

Speaking to the Guardian at Australia’s Splendour In The Grass Festival, where the film was being screened, Ronson – who worked with the singer on her second album ‘Back To Black’ – referred to Winehouse as “one of the best lyricists of this generation”.

He added: “You see the lyrics on the screen, you remember how amazing they were, even the lyrics from before I worked with her, like ‘Stronger than Me’.”