Prince William is helping launch the Apprenticeship House in honour of the London charity, Centrepoint’s 50th Anniversary.

The Duke of Cambridge is a long-standing patron of the charity, which helps homeless young people get back into education, training and employment. Following the Apprenticeship House’s launch, William will also host a star-studded gala Wednesday evening.

Centrepoint’s new Apprenticeship House will aim to support young people in their journey to independent living.

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William’s official Instagram page, Kensington Royal, shared some photos from Wednesday’s event, writing, “As part of a wider ambitious programme developing modular housing solutions in London and Manchester to support young people moving on from supported accommodation and into work, the charity has transformed an existing building in South London into a seven-bed shared home for young people on apprenticeship programmes.”

“Since starting out in the basement of St Anne’s Church in 1969, Centrepoint has grown to become the UK’s leading youth homelessness charity, supporting over 9,000 homeless young people a year,” the post continued. “Centrepoint was one of the first charities The Duke of Cambridge became Patron of (in 2005), having visited their services with his mother as a child.”

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Marking 50 years of @CentrepointUK’s work to #ChangeTheStory for homeless young people — The Duke of Cambridge opened Centrepoint’s new Apprenticeship House, which aims to support young people in their journey to independent living. As part of a wider ambitious programme developing modular housing solutions in London and Manchester to support young people moving on from supported accommodation and into work, the charity has transformed an existing building in South London into a seven bed shared home for young people on apprenticeship programmes. Since starting out in the basement of St Anne's Church in 1969, Centrepoint has grown to become the UK's leading youth homelessness charity, supporting over 9,000 homeless young people a year. Centrepoint was one of the first charities The Duke of Cambridge became Patron of (in 2005), having visited their services with his mother as a child. Visit the link in our bio to find out more about how The Duke is marking 50 years of Centrepoint, and read more about the charity’s work providing homeless young people with accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education, training and employment 📷 Kensington Palace

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According to the Daily Mail, William spoke with the youth at the event, telling them, “You guys are the creme de la creme of what Centrepoint can achieve.”

Adding, “It is fantastic that employers like you are able to help these young people seize the chance for independent living… They are punching into the ether of society. Hostels are one thing but now they have somewhere to live and somewhere to work.”

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“I can’t even express in words how much @CentrepointUK helped me. They gave me a place to call home, but they also gave me so much more than that. They provided me with love.” — Emilyn, a former Centrepoint resident. Today The Duke of Cambridge will mark 50 years of Centrepoint — the UK's leading charity for homeless young people aged 16-25. Emilyn (photographed here with The Duke on a previous visit) became homeless in 2006: “I moved around between different B&Bs in the area until eventually I was referred to Centrepoint. They got me back into college, supported me with my mental health and helped me with my budgeting.” she recalls. Swipe 👉 to watch Emilyn speak more about her experiences with Centrepoint. Centrepoint was one of the first charities The Duke of Cambridge became Patron of (in 2005), having visited their services with his mother as a child. Speaking in 2008, The Duke said: “It began to open my eyes to the world that so many young London people face…the selfless service that Centrepoint represents has stayed with me. Since becoming Patron, I have been privileged to witness at first hand, and with the utmost admiration, the great work of its volunteers”. The Duke will mark 50 years of Centrepoint by first visiting the charity’s new Apprenticeship House, which will support young people in their journey to independent living. He will then attend the Centrepoint 50th anniversary gala, which will highlight the issues faced by homeless young people, and promote the achievements of those supported by the charity. Visit the link in our bio to read Emilyn’s story, and find out more about Centrepoint’s work providing homeless young people with accommodation, health support and life skills to get them back into education, training and employment. #ChangeTheStory

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