The Duchess of Cambridge works in support of organisations which reflect her personal charitable and philanthropic interests. She does this though her own charity, The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and through supporting other charities by promoting their work as their Royal patron.
The Royal Foundation:
The Duchess of Cambridge together with her husband and brother-in-law established The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2011, which they intend to use as the main vehicle for their philanthropic activities. The Royal Foundation has three main areas of early focus, which are supporting the Armed Forces, Conservation and Young People.
The Duchess of Cambridge works with her Foundation to establish projects which reflect her own charitable aims. For exmaple, in 2013, The Duchess of Cambridge launched M-PACT Plus is a major initiative to provide support at a young age for children whose parents and families are affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse. Created and funded by Comic Relief and The Royal Foundation, the project focuses on a partnership between two charities of which the Duchess is patron, Place2Be and Action on Addiction.
More information is available at www.royalfoundation.com
Additionally, The Duchess of Cambridge holds a number of charitable patronages, which complement the work of her Foundation.
On the 5th January 2012 it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge had taken on the patronage of four charities. They are:
- Patron of Action on Addiction
- Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
- Royal Patron of The Art Room
- Patron of the The National Portrait Gallery, London
In addition, The Duchess of Cambridge became a volunteer in the Scout Association, and has volunteered time privately with groups in North Wales and elsewhere as opportunities arise.
On 19th April 2013, it was announced that The Duchess of Cambridge had taken on the patronage of a further three organisations:
- Patron of Place2Be;
- Patron of SportsAid;
- Patron of The Natural History Museum.
Action on Addiction works to free people from addiction, support their families, and educate professionals in the addictions field. The charity has treatment centres throughout England, a specialist family service, an innovative research programme and an expert training centre. The charity has centres in Dorset, London, Merseyside and Wiltshire, but operates nationally. Visit the website at www.actiononaddiction.org.uk.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. The charity provides care and support wherever the family wishes – in families’ own homes, in the community or at one of their hospices – with the challenges that having a life-threatening condition can often bring. The range of support includes short break care, specialist play activities, music therapy, hydrotherapy, parent groups and siblings groups, care at the end of life and bereavement support for all family members. Visit the website at www.each.org.uk
The Art Room works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. Many of the children are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn and all have been identified as needing time away from their school. The charity’s emphasis is on teaching life skills while encouraging children and young people to both relate and engage with each other. The Art Room employs senior practitioners who are trained in psychotherapy, art, teaching and social work. The charity currently works in Oxford and in north London. Visit the website at www.theartroom.org.uk.
The National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The Collection is displayed in London and in a number of locations around the United Kingdom. Artists range from Holbein to Hockney, and the Collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. As well as the permanent displays, the Gallery has a diverse and ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events which promote an appreciation of portraiture in all forms, and an energetic learning and outreach programme. Visit the website at www.npg.org.uk.
The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for over 400,000 young men and young women throughout the United Kingdom. The Movement helps young people reach their full potential and develop as active citizens in their community. Beaver Scout Colonies and Cub Scout Packs cater for all young people between six and ten years old. Scouts, Explorer Scouts and members of the Scout Network are aged 11 to 25. Scouting is the largest co-education youth organisation in the world with over 31 million members. The Duchess will join nearly 100,000 volunteers in the UK who give their time to support young people in their communities. In the UK, The Queen is Patron of the Scout Association and The Duke of Kent is its President. Visit the website at www.scouts.org.
Place2Be provides integrated school-based mental health and emotional support services, supporting over 67,000 children in 175 schools across some of the most deprived areas of the UK. Based in the heart of the community, Place2Be provides tailored support to meet the individual needs of children aged 4-14 years old, their parents, carers and teachers, helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. From the moment that problems arise, Place2Be helps children to steer away from a downward spiral of low aspirations and bleak futures, instead helping them to grow to become resilient individuals, unlocking their potential both in and outside the classroom, so that they can look forward to prosperous futures. Visit the website at www.place2be.org.uk.
SportsAid helps young disabled and non-disabled athletes to achieve their ambitions by giving them cash awards during the critical early years of their careers. These athletes are typically aged 12-18 years old and include some of Britain’s brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success. At this stage of an athletes career, sponsorship deals can be hard to find with most athletes relying entirely on their family for financial support. SportsAid Awards help them meet essential costs, such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment. At the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, almost two-thirds of the British team were former recipients of SportAid’s support, including Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Sarah Storey, Sir Bradley Wiggins, David Weir CBE, Rebecca Adlington OBE, Ellie Simmonds OBE, Jessica Ennis CBE, Tom Daley and Mo Farah CBE. Visit the website at www.sportsaid.org.uk.
The Natural History Museum is an award-winning tourist attraction and also a world-leading science research centre. Through its collections and scientific expertise, the Museum works to help understand and maintain the richness and diversity of our planet, with groundbreaking partnerships in more than 70 countries. Visit the website at www.nhm.ac.uk
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