Amy Winehouse’s stepmother visited a Lancaster group which is being supported by a charity set up in the late singer’s name.
Jane Winehouse was at the city’s Strawberry Fields Training where she met people being supported through drug and alcohol problems.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation has given £20,000 to the group to allow it to train up four recovering addicts as health and social workers.
Strawberry Fields Training Director Paul Ireland said: “It’s a huge boost. It will be really beneficial and means we can provide more opportunities.”
The cash will fund four two-year apprenticeships which will equip the learners with the skills to launch careers in education in the criminal justice system.
It will pay their wages while they are learning. It is hoped funding will be secured from the Big Lottery Fund to finance their college training.
The apprentices, themselves on the road to rehabilitation, will be shown how to work with people with drug and alcohol-related problems.
Jane Winehouse, a trustee of the foundation, spent three hours at the Meeting House Lane centre on Wednesday, talking to people who benefit from its work and getting to know their backgrounds.
Later, she handed out awards to aspiring youngsters who took part in a project run by Young Addaction in Morecambe which encourages young people to do positive acts. The ceremony was held at More Music.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation was set up after the talented songstress died suddenly from alcohol poisoning in July 2011.
It funds projects which prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse and inspires them to reach their potential.