Just off a main road, on a quiet street in East London, there’s a small block of flats behind a cheerful red door. Inside you’re greeted with a white board of inspirational quotes, a cosy chill out space and a music room with instruments surrounding a painted portrait of Amy Winehouse. Out the back, the garden is an oasis of calm, with bunting, garden furniture and a BBQ – which I’m told gets used a lot in the warmer months.
This is Amy’s Place. A recovery house for young women aged 18 to 30, who are overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. One of the only projects in the country to bridge the gap between addiction treatment and independent accommodation, Amy’s Place is a safe space for women to find their feet and get the support they need to thrive.
To find out more about Amy’s Place and what makes it so unique, we meet with two residents – Amber and Kelly. Here are their stories.