Once again The Duke of Cambridge continues his campaign to heighten awareness for the disadvantaged and homeless youth.
Making a visit to Tyneside on 22 November, The Duke will carry out three official engagements in Sunderland and South Shields.
The first stop during his visit will be at Dundas Street, Sunderland at Centrepoint’s new housing for homeless youth. After five years of planning and construction and at the price of £1.3m, this is the first housing scheme constructed for homeless youth.
“The young people were absolutely astonished after seeing it for the first time. Dundas Street is so well designed, that after being at the old service for the last three years, there’s no comparison. It’s tremendous for the learning environment we’re looking to promote,” Martin Gill, Centrepoint’s Regional Operations Manager for the North East, commented on the Centrepoint website.
Dundas Street is an 18 room centre for those aged 16-21. It has a training kitchen to provide its short term residents with cookery skills. It also houses a multimedia suite that will allow the staff at Centrepoint to conduct life and learning skills courses.
Patron of Centrepoint since 2005, William will participate in a tour of the new facility, be part of a cookery lesson and meet with some of the young people of Centrepoint along with the Prince’s Trust for a round-table discussion about the connection of homeless youth and employment.
Centrepoint is teaming up with The Prince’s Trust to form a partnership with various businesses, charities and health professionals in the campaign to ‘End Youth Homelessness.’
After the Centrepoint visit, William will officially open the Haven Point Leisure Centre. Haven Point is a new facility offering activities in its competition, teaching and leisure pools as well as dance studios, gym, lounges and amphitheatre.
The final engagement stop will have the Prince meet with 30 participants who are partaking in the Diana Award Inspire Day workshops.
The “workshops will focus on training for Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, learning about project management skills and an employability mentoring session for young people,” says the Diana Award website.
Every month the award holds “Inspire Days” which are various workshops and training to assist youth in participating in social action.
One patron of the award, Julia Samuel a friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is also one of Prince George’s godparents.