Emma Spiegler is recog­nised for her work help­ing those with ad­dicted par­ents

The Jewish Chronicle - - PEOPLE -

TWENTY-FIVE-YEAROLD Emma Spiegler has re­ceived a na­tional hon­our for her work with chil­dren of drug- or al­co­hol-ad­dicted par­ents.

Miss Spiegler picked up the award — and a £1,000 prize — at the re­cent Young Peo­ple of the Year awards, which recog­nise and re­ward pos­i­tive role mod­els in the com­mu­nity. Or­gan­ised by Skill­sTrain, its judges in­cluded the Prime Min­is­ter’s wife, Sarah Brown.

Miss Spiegler, the daugh­ter of an al­co­holic mother, was in­spired to set up coap.co.uk in 2006 — a web­site of­fer­ing sup­port to young peo­ple liv­ing with drug-ad­dicted par­ents.

“Win­ning means a lot to me,” she tells Peo­ple.

“I hope I can help other young peo­ple re­alise that they are not alone in ex­pe­ri­enc­ing ad­dic­tion prob­lems in the fam­ily.”

Miss Spiegler, who lives in Kings Lan­g­ley, Hert­ford­shire, in­tends to put £500 of the prize money to­wards get­ting coun­sel­lors in­volved in the web­site. The rest will go to­wards the Fam­ily Car­ers’ Ser­vice at Jewish Care, where she works part-time.

She adds: “Grow­ing up with an al­co­holic mother was ex­tremely painful. I used to think that no one else knew what I was go­ing through.

“The web­site has a fo­rum where young peo­ple can com­mu­ni­cate with their peers about their feel­ings and con­cerns.”

Miss Spiegler is au­thor of a po­etry book, Miss­ing Mummy. She goes through to the grand fi­nal of the Young Peo­ple of the Year awards in May.

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