Thoughts & Quotes

life is like a series of photographs you develop from the negatives.
When you need to fly from your home, it's not a home. Home should be where the birds feelings are free not caged.
nobody likes the rain but if you want the rainbow you gotta put up with the rain.
♫ And the stars are always there but we miss them in the dirt and in the clouds we miss them in the storms. ♫
To the believer anything is possible, to the sceptic everything is impossible.
"the reason angels can fly is becuase they take themselves lightly"
Stay strong- Keep smiling =] and NEVER give up- there is always hope <3
'It is not the stars to hold our destiny, but in ourselves' (William Shakespeare)
Stick to the fight when your hardest hit, its when things seem worse that you must not quit
it's about learning to dance in the rain
sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same
we never notice the beauty around us because we are too busy trying to create it.
People say that it is holding on that makes you stronger, but sometimes it is letting go and putting yourself first.
No-one can do a better job of being you, than YOU.
Be strong now because things will get better; it may be stormy now but it can't rain forever.
This too shall pass
We have to learn to dance in the rain
Even on the darkest days sometimes we glimpse sunlight
Sometimes we need to tell our story 100 times
Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark

Our impact

COAP Online Community

Over 4,000 messages have been posted on our message boards.  

Our COAP online community is often the first place a young person will share, what is considered by many to be, the family secret; that a family member has an addiction.

"I just wanted to say thank you for all the support you have given me, it really helped me through a lot, and understand that my mother’s drinking was not my fault."

"Hi I’ve just found your website and found it helpful to read real life experiences similar to mine. I thought we were the only messy family around."

"Thanks! This site has given me lots of confidence to talk to my friends about my mums drinking problems."

"I would have loved to have been able to speak to people about it, so I think this website is absolutely brilliant."

Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my post…It’s really nice to know there is someone in the same position, it makes me feel a lot less alone…."

COAP in the Media

Our impact extends far beyond visits to the website and COAP online community membership. Through extensive media coverage, we are successfully raising awareness of this serious issue.

"Hi, I discovered your site through my daughter watching Newsround and making me aware of your charity. What a brilliant idea, somewhere for kids to come to get help and realise there is no shame or blame on them + that it isn't their fault."

"I've come across your website from a feature in the Daily Mail today - and I am so pleased to see such an amazing website dedicated to young people who are forced to deal with alcohol issues. Very well done, and thank you, on behalf of all your users. I wish I had this support when I was young."

Just heard your interview on Radio 4. My dad is a very heavy drinker and although I'm not a child (anymore) he has been a heavy drinker since my childhood, and the childhood of my brothers and especially my younger sister. My dad is still drinking heavily and I'm worried about him. Your story has made me think about how to deal with it. Thank you very much.”

COAP in Schools

We got to talk about stuff that goes on nowadays…it made me communicate better - Richard, aged 13

I found Emma’s presentation to our Sixth Form students relating to Alcoholism and the impact it had on her teenage years to be engaging and thought provoking. She communicated herself in a way that students empathized with and her message, based on her own personal experience, reached out to all students irrespective of whether any of them had experienced any personal issues with addiction at home or beyond. - Tony, Head of Sixth Form 

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