THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE WILL MARK CENTREPOINT’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY
Wednesday 13th November 2019
As patron, the Duke of Cambridge will mark 50 years of Centrepoint during two engagements on Wednesday 13th November. Centrepoint provides homeless young people with accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education, training and employment.
Since starting out in the basement of St Anne’s Church in 1969, the organisation has grown to become the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, supporting over 9,000 homeless young people a year.
His Royal Highness’s first visit of the day will be to Centrepoint’s new Apprenticeship House, which aims to support young people in their journey to independent living.
As part of a wider ambitious programme developing modular housing solutions in London and Manchester to support young people moving on from supported accommodation and into work, the charity has transformed an existing building in south London into a seven bed shared home for young people on apprenticeship programmes. The Duke will visit the house and chat to residents before officially opening the building.
In the evening, His Royal Highness will attend the Centrepoint 50th anniversary gala at the Roundhouse alongside residents of Apprenticeship House who he met earlier in the day. The gala will promote the achievements of individuals supported by Centrepoint, highlight the issues they face and encourage supporters to help change the story for homeless young people.
At the gala, the Duke will meet young people who have been supported Centrepoint before delivering a speech.
The Duke has been Patron of Centrepoint since 2005.