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