Centrepoint is an organization that strives to end youth homelessness in the greater London area. Centrepoint estimates that every year, about 80,000 young people experience homelessness in the UK due to reasons such as family breakdowns, gangs, and mental health problems. The effects of this homelessness on young people is that they do not have great enough access to education, which will then cause barriers to employment, which can then lead them into debt and crime. Centrepoint wants to help these young people by providing housing and support. Centrepoint has locations all over London and these houses provide young people with a place to stay and meals. In addition to housing, Centrepoint also focuses much of their attention on providing support to these young people through health services, education, and life skills sessions. They want to provide them with the ability to get a job and make a life for themselves.
Centrepoint has been supported by the royal family for quite a long time. Princess Diana became the Royal Patron of Centrepoint in 1992 and often took Prince William and Prince Harry on visits to Centrepoint locations. Prince William took on the royal patronage of Centrepoint in 2005 and keeps Diana’s work alive through volunteering with the charity. He even participated in Centrepoint’s Sleep Out campaign, in which he spent a night on the streets of London to gain a deeper understanding of what these young people go through. After William and Kate were married, she also began working with Centrepoint alongside William, even though she is not an official Royal Patron. On December 21, 2011, Kate and William made a visit to Centrepoint’s Camberwell Foyer Center where they toured the facilities and attended group sessions on finding work and cooking. On June 29, 2012, Kate announced that the next time William participates in the Sleep Out campaign, she will be joining him. It has not yet been announced when this will happen but we can only imagine it will happen after she and William become adjusted to the new demands of parenthood!
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