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Amanda tells how Foundation66 is changing young lives

9 February 2012

We are succeeding in changing young lives with support from money raised through Sport Relief.

Foundation66, which works with people of all ages across 18 London boroughs, runs a project in North London which focuses exclusively on helping young people with problematic alcohol and drug use.

Led in Camden by (full name withheld) Amanda, our work with 18 to 25-year-olds has helped steer many young people away from alcohol and drug misuse and addiction.

The success of the Camden project is underlined by the fact that only 12 years ago, the project manager herself was homeless and addicted to heroin.

Amanda tells her harrowing personal story in the 7th February issue of Woman’s Weekly magazine. However, Amanda is a survivor and testament to what former addicts can achieve with specialist help. Read in full here:

“I’ve been lucky,” says Amanda. “Not everyone recovers from alcoholism and drug addiction. It feels like there’s no way out and of course, sadly we cannot help everyone. But I know exactly what some of these young people are going through and I’ve been fortunate enough to channel my enthusiasm and energy to help them overcome the negative impact substances have on their lives.”

Over the last eight years with Foundation66, Amanda has talked to thousands of young people, from teenagers to 25-year-olds. She has helped some out of addiction and educated many more so that they might avoid the “hell” she says she went through.

“Foundation66 is a different kind of charity,” adds Amanda. “They gave me a chance to help  people whose lives I understood – I recognise what these young people are going through. The funding for roles like mine is more vital than ever.”

Foundation66 uses Sport Relief cash to fund Amanda’s position until March 2013 and the charity is appealing for funds to continue Amanda’s role and expand further in its specialist help across London to help more young people

  • We are a registered charity. Businesses or individuals interested in supporting our specialised work in London can contact us on 020 7940 7118 (ask for Leanne Ford)

The full article about Amanda’s experience and her work with Foundation66 was published in Tuesday 7 February's Woman’s Weekly 

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