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Camilla to make early Christmas visits

The Duchess of Cornwall, Honorary Member, National Association of Care Catering, will visit the Jubilee Centre in St Albans, Hertfordshire on Wednesday 10 December.

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) is a progressive organisation representing professionals providing catering to the care industry.

The Duchess has been Honorary Member of the National Association of Care Catering since 2009.

The Royal Family has been involved with NACC since 1997 when The Queen Mother showed her support by lunching on roast beef and apple pie, delivered by Meals on Wheels to Clarence House.

During her visit, The Duchess will meet staff organising ‘Meals on Wheels’ and members of a luncheon club for older people, who will be attending their annual Christmas lunch.

The Jubilee Centre is a community hub in the centre of St. Albans. Managed by Hertfordshire Community Meals (HCM), it is a dynamic centre of community activity which is led by a team of caring and dedicated staff.

HCM caters a daily lunch club for the over 60s at the Jubilee Centre as well as a regular coffee club for any age group.

Also on Wednesday, Camilla, Patron, Emmaus UK will also undertake a visit to Emmaus St Albans, meeting companions, staff and volunteers, viewing workshops and visiting their shop.

Since 2006, The Duchess has been Patron of Emmaus UK. Supporting those once homeless, Emmaus provides housing in one of its various Emmaus Communities and affords residents employment with one of its social operations, which in turn assists those in need to get their lives back on track and move forward in a positive direction. Those who reside in the Communities are referred to as “companions.”

The Emmaus Movement began in the 1940’s in France by Abbe Pierre who was a priest, MP and Resistance Movement hero. Pierre was horrified by the homelessness and poverty that was rampant. He allowed 18 men to stay at his home who in turn sustained themselves by revamping other’s rubbish. New housing schemes started to be created throughout France and the world.

In 1992 the first cooperative was established in Cambridge.

Featured Photo Credit: Chloe Howard 2014

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