William to visit homeless centre
The Duke of Cambridge will meet young homeless people on a visit to the North East today.
WIlliam is expected to visit the Centrepoint base in the Monkwearmouth area of Sunderland where he is scheduled to take a tour of the centre for homeless people aged between 16 and 21.
Working with Sunderland City Council, the centre can house up to 18 young people at any time. Residents can stay and receive high-level support for up to three months.
The service also offers training facilities to help young people with basic skills such as cooking, and to access further learning opportunities.
During the visit, the Duke will hear how Centrepoint is working together with The Prince's Trust, the youth charity founded by his father, the Prince of Wales, to support under-25s affected by homelessness and unemployment.
William will also officially open Haven Leisure Point Centre in South Shields. Its facilities include a competition swimming pool, two dance studios and an amphitheatre.
His trip to the North East will culminate in attending a Diana Award Inspire Day training workshop event at the leisure centre. The award, set up in memory of his mother, recognises young people who have made a positive impact on the lives of others.
The Inspire Day in South Shields will offer three workshops aimed at personal development and equipping young people for social action.