From the 9-15 February Nacoa is celebrating the 6th Children of Alcoholics Week in the UK, raising awareness of the millions of children being affected by their parents’ alcohol problems.
COA Week is an international campaign held annually during the week in which Valentine’s day falls. We want children to know they are not alone and support is available.
“Without help these children become lost in the system; they grow up feeling un-noticed at best and abused at worst. Nacoa’s work is all about planning for a positive future – helping them to transform their negative beliefs about themselves into an ‘I can do’ attitude.” COA Week supporter and Nacoa Patron, Elle Macpherson
Craig Revel Horwood, Calum Best, Marco Pierre White and Kim Woodburn are also among the many celebrity supporters of COA Week.
This year Nacoa want to see COA Week reach even more people. Schools, media agencies, businesses, charities and the general public are all invited to get involved. Together we can dismantle the stigma that surrounds alcoholism and let people know there is help. There are lots of ways you can take part, from putting up a poster to downloading the charity single, posting on social media or organising a fundraising event; Visit www.coaweek.org.uk for more details and ideas of how to be involved.
Nacoa co-founder and Chief Executive Hilary Henriques explains: “For many children a Nacoa volunteer will be the first person they tell about a parent’s drinking. The fear of being “taken away” or “betraying” their family means that they keep it a secret. Our work is crucial because as a first point of contact our trained volunteers can help children to make healthy decisions for themselves, regardless of whether their parents continue to drink or not. We would like to invite other charities and organisations to work with us in promoting COA Week so that we can overcome the stigma surrounding this issue and break the cycle of addiction.”
Simply being there and understanding can help people turn their lives around.