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 and 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 spent three hours at the Meeting House Lane centre on Wednesday, talking to people who benefit from its work.
The foundation was set up after the singer’s death from alcohol poisoning in July 2011 to fund projects which prevent drug and alcohol misuse on young people and help them reach their potential.