One of the great things about the work done by the Royal Family is the attention that they bring to charitable causes and important community issues through their Patronages. With the Duchess of Cambridge, it is the unfortunate reality that the causes and issues she supports can sometimes be overlooked for news of what she was wearing or what she mentioned during an engagement about Prince George or Princess Charlotte. We wanted to take some time to shine a light on the important work done by Kate’s charities, and today are getting to know a little more about Action on Addiction, one of the first organizations Kate worked with starting in 2012.
What is Action on Addiction?
Addiction is the biggest preventable killer in the UK. Action on Addiction brings help, hope and freedom to those living with addiction and those living with people who suffer problems of addiction. Action on Addiction was formed as a national charity in April 2007 through the merger of three organisations: Action on Addiction, Clouds and the Chemical Dependency Centre.
Action on Addiction’s internationally renowned treatment centres – including Clouds House in Wiltshire, and Hope House in London – have brought help, hope and freedom to thousands of people affected by addiction for over 30 years. They also help people engage with mutual aid groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.
Not only working with those struggling with addiction, they have created a unique partnership with the University of Bath where they are are raising the standard of education and professional development in the addiction field – offering foundation and honours degree programmes and a number of continuing professional development courses.
In another ground-breaking partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, Action on Addiction works closely with researchers at the National Addiction Centre, part of the Institute of Psychiatry, funding ground-breaking research into addiction.
Who benefits from Action on Addiction?
Through the programs of Action on Addiction, the organization is able to help both those living with addiction, and those living with people who suffer problems of addiction.
They also offer specialist help and advice to family members.
Why did the Duchess of Cambridge choose Action on Addiction?
Through the Palace announcement at the time of the Patronage with Action on Addiction was announced, it was revealed that the Duchess of Cambridge began her private research into charitable causes in September 2011. The private programme undertaken by The Duchess consisted of meetings at St. James’s Palace and private visits to a number of sites. The Duchess’s first Patronages, including Action on Addiction, reflect Her Royal Highness’s personal interests in the arts, the promotion of outdoor activity, and supporting people who are in need of all ages, especially young children.
At the time of the announcement of Kate’s work to begin with Action on Addiction, Chief Executive, Nick Barton, said, “It is a great honour for the Charity that Her Royal Highness has chosen to become our patron. We are very grateful to the Duchess whose support will enable us to keep the issue of addiction in the spotlight. Addiction is a consuming condition that results in a great deal of harm to individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Yet, it is not always well understood or responded to effectively. We are thrilled that the Duchess will be supporting us in our mission to free people from addiction and its effects.”
How can you get involved with Action on Addiction?
Action on Addiction offers the following suggestions on ways to get involved:
- Inspire others with your story: Action on Addiction has been helping people with addiction problems for over 30 years. Their pioneering practice is research-based and over the years we have trained many leading addiction treatment practitioners.Whether you or someone you know has been to one of our treatment centres or our family programmes, or has benefited from one of our training courses, they want to hear from you.
- Make a donation: Action on Addiction is an independent charity and without the continued engagement of the individuals, families and organisations who donate to us, Action on Addiction would not be able to continue its life saving and life changing work. Click here to make a donation directly.
- Fundraise: Action on Addiction has a variety of fundraising events available, with guaranteed places in the London Marathon each year, and provide support for ‘own’ place participants in nationwide challenge events. To find out more click here.
- Join one of our events: Action on Addiction has lots of events you can take part in. Take on the challenge of a lifetime at the London Marathon, the Great North Run or the Royal Parks Half Marathon, or check out one of the biggest cycling events of the year, RideLondon100 too! Click here to find out more.
- Do your own thing: Creating something unique can be great fun – why not give it a try? Got an idea for an event? GET IN TOUCH, they would love to hear your weird and wonderful ideas. Whether it’s a skydive, dying your hair pink or a barn dance, it really will make a difference.
How can you get involved in your own community?
The advice from Action on Addiction, above, is fantastic. If you are not in the UK, you are still able to donate to Action on Addiction – but there are also many other international charities that offer support to those battling addiction, many of them perhaps closer to home to you.
The Fix has a great article about 15 Addiction-based nonprofits you can check out and you can always check your local charities to see what opportunities arise in your own community for support.