The Prince of Wales spent Friday attending a number of engagements in Wales; he visited Port Talbot, Neath and Treharris.
Prince Charles started the day at Ysgol Cwm Brombil, a school in Margam, meeting staff and young people involved in delivering the Achieve Programme.
The Achieve Programme was launched in 2016 by the Prince’s Trust Cymru to help young people fulfil their potential and gain qualifications. Over the last year, the Prince’s Trust Cymru has supported over 3,000 young people, helping them to move into work, education and training.
The Prince of Wales was given a very sweet welcome to the school by young school children dressed in Wales sporting shirts and traditional dress whilst waving Welsh flags.
Prince Charles spoke to a number of young people, who told him how proud they were of the skills and confidence they had developed with the help of the Prince’s Trust.
As part of the Achieve Programme, pupils are building remote control cars. Prince Charles looked like he was having a lot of fun when he had a go at driving one of the finished cars. The pupils also had fun when they drove their cars in between his legs during the engagement!
A remote control car runs rings around Prince Charles during a visit in Port Talbot
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Year 10 pupil Ella Niner said, “We are very honoured and lucky to have His Royal Highness visit us today, because it is a reward for all our hard work and effort we’ve put in so far this year. We feel very proud.”
Near the end of the visit, the 70-year-old Royal also unveiled a plaque for the school to commemorate his visit.
Following on from this, Prince Charles then travelled to Neath where he visited the Plas Bryn Rhosyn Care Home in his capacity as patron of Age UK. Prince Charles has been Patron of Age Cymru since 2010.
At the home, Charles met with residents and local artists involved in Age Cymru’s ‘cARTrefu’ project.
The cARTrefu project brings arts experience to the residents of car homes in Wales; residents can become involved in a variety of art forms including dance, music, painting and creative writing. The project ‘Cartrefu’ means ‘to reside’ in Welsh and has been running in over 150 care homes, funded by the Arts Council Wales.
Charles spoke to many residents of the home about how the project has entertained them and kept them busy since its launch.
Later, the Prince of Wales visited Rock UK’s Summit Centre in Treharris to view the new facilities.
Rock UK is a charity which gives young people a chance to experience adventure in a safe environment, helping them to push their boundaries and build confidence through climbing.
Prince Charles watched climbers scale the climbing walls and seemed very impressed by the their determination and speed.
Delighted to be at the official opening by HRH Prince of Wales of the completed @summitcentre1 Climbing centre in Trelewis. A fantastic adventure tourist attraction right here in Merthyr Tydfil. Thanks to support from @WelshGovernment @MerthyrCBC pic.twitter.com/pgN9so9oKO
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