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Prince William to visit Bradford youth homelessness charity in West Bowling
A homeless charity is set to be given the royal seal of approval when the Duke of Cambridge visits Bradford during a tour of the region tomorrow.
The future monarch will visit Centrepoint, a youth homelessness charity which has a site in the West Bowling area of the city.
HRH Prince William, who is a Royal Patron of the charity, will learn about its work across the Bradford district, before watching young people take part in video skills and employability training workshops.
Martin Gill, Centrepoint’s Head of Housing and Support, said everyone involved in the charity was looking forward to the Duke’s visit.
“There is a high level of excitement among the young people we work with, who the Prince always shows a great interest in,” he said. “There is a lot of work and planning that goes into a visit like this, but it is worthwhile when you see the impact it has. It really raises the profile of the work we do.”
Centrepoint is the UK’s leading charity for homeless young people, supporting more than 6,000 16 to 25-year-olds into housing and employment every year.
The charity also conducts research and influences government policy, with the overall aim of ending youth homelessness.
It began working across the Bradford district in November last year, developing a pathway for young people deemed at risk of homelessness in partnership with Bradford Council and other local providers.
It can cater for up to 328 young people at any one time, and Mr Gill said the charity was currently working with approximately 300 people in Bradford, with around 100 housed in short-term accommodation and another 200 accessing some form of floating support.
“With us only starting work in Bradford late last year, it is great that as a patron, the Prince is coming so soon,” said Mr Gill.
“It really showcases and highlights the need for continued action around homelessness in the city.”
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