HRH The Duchess of Cambridge visits our centre in West Midlands

Posted by / Wednesday 18 February 2015 /

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge visited Action for Children’s Cape Hill Children’s Centre in Smethwick, Sandwell today (Wednesday 18 February 2015).


The Duchess was given an introduction to Action for Children’s work in supporting vulnerable families in the West Midlands, and across the UK. We run community-based services throughout the country, which support over 300,000 children, young people and families.

Her Royal Highness met families who have faced severe issues in their life such as domestic violence and serious health problems, and had the chance to learn how the charity has helped them turn a corner.

The Duchess also attended one of the children’s centre’s regular ‘stay and play’ sessions for children under the age of five.

Escorting the Duchess on the visit, chief executive of Action for Children, Sir Tony Hawkhead, said: “We are very grateful to Her Royal Highness for her interest in the vital work we do, not just in Sandwell but at our 650 services across the UK.

“We were especially pleased to introduce Her Royal Highness to the work we do with families to develop emotional wellbeing in children and give them the confidence and self-belief to fulfil their potential. We hope she had a memorable trip and enjoyed meeting all the families.”

On her departure, six-year-old Rohan Hayer from Wednesbury in Sandwell and his cousin Annya Singh, 5, from West Bromwich presented Her Royal Highness with a babygro for the forthcoming new addition to the royal family and an Action for Children t-shirt for His Royal Highness Prince George.

Annya said: “The princess was so beautiful and smiley! I had a great day and I will never forget her visit to our centre.”

Action for Children runs Cape Hill Children’s Centre in Smethwick on behalf of Sandwell Council. It is one of seven children’s centres operated by the charity in the borough, and one of more than 200 across England.

Through children’s centres, satellite community venues and mobile outreach the charity delivers a range of programmes that support over 8,000 local children and their families in Sandwell. These programmes include child and family health services, antenatal support, speech and language therapy, family learning and childcare, adult education and employment advice as well as support for children and parents with special needs and mental health issues or families who have experienced or witnessed domestic abuse. 

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