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Amy Winehouse Foundation to open facility for girls suffering from alcohol and drug dependency

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The Amy Winehouse Foundation has set up a rehabilitation centre for girls suffering from addiction, five years after the singer's tragic death. Amy's Place will be dedicated to helping young women get back onto the right path and rebuild their lives.

Amy's House was funded by the charity due to there being so few UK-based centres specifically for women. Based in east London, the home will be able to accommodate 16 women aged 18-30.#

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Amy Winehouse's family set up the foundation in 2011

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

He stressed that helping the girls to reintegrate into society is just as important as getting them clean.

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Talented Amy died from accidental alcohol poisoning aged 27

"Picture a person who is 14-years-old," Dominic continued. "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. It can be as simple as not knowing how to go about getting your benefits or engaging in college."

Residents at Amy's House will stay for three-months and take part in activities including yoga, as well being taught about how to avoid relapses.

The iconic singer's family set up the charity two months after she passed away, and it campaigns to stop young people from becoming dependent on alcohol and drugs.

Amy was 27 when she died from accidental alcohol poisoning in July 2011. 

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