Duke sees work to aid ex-offenders
The Duke of Cambridge will meet ex-offenders today to hear how they turned their lives around with the help of a charity.
William will speak to staff and volunteers from the St Giles Trust, which works with former criminals to help them break the cycle of crime.
The cornerstone of the trust's work is to train serving prisoners and ex-offenders as advice workers, using the benefit of their own first-hand experiences.
Around 40% of staff at St Giles Trust have a criminal conviction.
The Duke, who was patron of the charity's 50th anniversary year in 2012, will receive a tour of its head office in Camberwell, south east London, before having lunch with chief executives of businesses which support the trust.
Speaking at a dinner in aid of the charity last year, William praised the trust's practical support in areas such as housing, improving skills, job opportunities and resettling into the community after prison.
"This charity truly inspires me," he said.
"It has touched the lives of a quarter of a million people over the past five decades. These are people from the margins of society who, thanks to this charity, were able to recover from an appalling start and go on to live successful, productive and positive lives.
''What started as a small soup kitchen for the homeless and destitute has become one of the leading charities in this country helping ex-offenders to reform, resettle, and - critically - to break out of the costly and destructive cycle of reoffending.''
Rob Owen, chief executive of the St Giles Trust, said: "We are thrilled that HRH The Duke of Cambridge is lending his support to the work of St Giles Trust.
"We work with some of the most disadvantaged, socially excluded people in society so his visit will help highlight the issues and challenges ex-offenders face."
The Duke previously visited the charity's head office in 2009.