The Duke of Cambridge will make a visit to Birmingham on 29 November.
Whilst in the West Midlands, The Duke will tour the facilities of St. Basil’s Carole Gething House in Small Heath, The Library of Birmingham, Summerfield Community Centre and South and City College Birmingham.
Centrepoint as well as The Princes Trust is part of the ‘End Youth Homelessness Alliance’ campaign which has teamed up with St. Basil’s and other organisations to assist in reducing the growing issue of youth homelessness.
St Basil’s aids young people aged 16-25 throughout the West Midlands who are at risk or homeless. The organisation helps around 4,500 young people per year.
The Carole Gething House has teamed up with the City of Birmingham and Centrepoint to assist young people aged 16-25 who are homeless.
Lodging is provided in one of the fully furnished 24 rooms. Residents also have their shower room and kitchen. The house provides access to the internet, programs on preparing CV’s and access to job searches. There is also a communal area that allows for socialisation.
Residents are allowed to stay for a maximum of two years. There is also a program that supports former residents when they find somewhere new to live.
In 2005, Centrepoint was the first charity The Duke of Cambridge chose to become a patron of. As young boys, Prince William and Prince Harry often joined their mother, the late Diana Princess of Wales, on her many visits to Centrepoint of which she herself became a patron in 1992. In keeping his mother’s legacy at Centrepoint alive, The Duke of Cambridge “takes an active role in all aspects of Centrepoint,” according to the charity’s website.
The stop at the Library of Birmingham will have William tour the facilities, participate in a children’s reading group, listen to a poetry recital and discuss how the facilities are used by young entrepreneurs.
There will also be a visit of the Summerfield Community Centre. William will meet with the groups and organisations that have advocated for community unity in the aftermath of the 2005 and 2011 Birmingham riots.
The Birmingham trip will also include a tour of the recently renovated South and City College campus.