THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE WILL VISIT THE PASSAGE
Wednesday 13th February, 2019
The Duke of Cambridge will visit homelessness charity The Passage to join volunteers at their resource centre in a lunch shift, and to hear how integral volunteering and community support is for the organisation and their clients.
After helping to prepare and serve lunch, His Royal Highness will hear more about The Passage’s ‘Home for Good’ programme, which aims to reduce the incidence of former rough sleepers failing in their tenancies and becoming homeless again. Home for Good uses structured befriending and community support to reduce social isolation, build resilience and thereby prevent a return to the streets. The programme recognises that homelessness can be a traumatic experience for many people and The Passage ethos is to empower clients to move on from their homelessness by helping them to settle in their new home. Each Home for Good Volunteer uses their local knowledge and social skills to help the client they are matched with to put down roots and make connections in their community. Home for Good is the only project of its kind in London; it accepts referrals not only from The Passage’s other services, but from any organisation working with former rough sleepers. Volunteers come from all backgrounds and fields which encourages social mixing outside of the homeless community.
Established in 1980, The Passage provides resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to make lasting and long-term changes to their lives. The organisation runs the UK’s largest resource centre for homeless and insecurely housed people, outreach services, a number of homelessness prevention projects and three innovative accommodation services. Since its inception, The Passage has helped over 130,000 people in crisis.
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