Continuing his campaign launch of Homewards, The Prince of Wales visited the final three locations which will form the start of his initiative to end homelessness.
Today, William was in Belfast, Aberdeen and Sheffield.
Homewards is a five-year locally-led programme where The Royal Foundation will help local partners to form coalitions with committed individuals, groups, and businesses to create and deliver a tailored plan to prevent homelessness in their areas.
The Prince of Wales began his day in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he visited the East Belfast Mission.
William heard about the organisation’s work to tackle homelessness and their new housing development ‘240’. East Belfast Mission is part of the Methodist Church in Ireland, and runs a number of projects to help the community across the region, which helps tackle homelessness.
After the visit to East Belfast Mission, William conducted a brief walkabout, where one lady told him ‘you’re even more lovely in real life, so handsome’…!
Aberdeen was announced as the fifth location in the Homewards initiative, with Prince William visited Tillydrone Community Campus to learn about the work being done and hear how community support services can improve early intervention and prevent homelessness.
He was joined by Homewards advocate, David Duke, who founded Street Soccer Scotland and Street Soccer London, after playing for Scotland at the Homeless World Cup while sleeping rough.
Great to be in Aberdeen today, where they showed us a variety of early intervention services they’re offering to the local community, from nursery sessions to NHS services. Prince William even got to join a community cooking class, and a taste of what’s on offer!#homewards pic.twitter.com/sfmImBHhuG
— Homewards (@HomewardsUK) June 27, 2023
William was shown around the campus and saw various activities taking place including cooking classes, NHS services and nursery sessions. He also met members of project’s initial local coalition including Aberdeen City Council, independent living charity Aberdeen Foyer, social care provider Turning Point Scotland and the Centre for Homelessness Impact.
The Campus is the only Scottish location to have been chosen to benefit from the Homewards initiative.
The father-of-three’s final stop of the Homewards tour was Sheffield, where he visited Reach Up Youth.
William’s visit shone a light on how grassroots sports can connect young people with their communities, encouraging local engagement and boosting peer support to prevent homelessness. As with the other stops, The Prince of Wales met members of the local Homeward coalition.
— The Prince and Princess of Wales (@KensingtonRoyal) June 27, 2023
The Royal was joined by Aston Villa player and Homewards advocate, Tyrone Mings. Tyrone is one of number of famous faces William has brought onboard to help spread the campaign message. William and Tyrone took to the basketball court for a friendly game during his time there.
The Prince also took part in a number of photos as he met the crowds outside the facilities.
The confirmed six locations for the William’s homeless initiative are: Belfast, Aberdeen, Sheffield, Lambeth, Newport and Bournemouth.