FROM THE WEBSITE: The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is a children’s mental health charity with over 60 years’ experience of caring for young minds. Their vision is a world in which children and their families are effectively supported to build on their own strengths to achieve their goals in life.
The Anna Freud Centre brings together leaders in neuroscience, mental health, social care and education to work together to improve understanding and practice.
Their goal is to develop, disseminate and deliver the best possible evidence-based treatment, through scientific innovation, research and collaboration and underpinned by the direct experience and insight of children and their families.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge became Patron in February 2016.
September 17, 2015 – Visting The Anna Freud Centre For Children – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visits the Anna Freud Centre in London, England. The visit was for the Duchess to see how the charity is working to lead change in children’s and young people’s mental health care. The Duchess toured the Family School and participated in a range of activities, including the ‘SmartGym’ programme which combines technology and sports psychology. It aims to build resilience, develop emotional skills and improve academic performance in children with emotional and behavioural problems.
December 15, 2015 – Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge takes part in group activities as she attends the Anna Freud Centre Family School Christmas Party at Anna Freud Centre in London, England. The Family School completely integrates mental health support into children’s education, with the entire family supported in helping the child fully benefit from their learning opportunities. During her visit The Duchess joined groups of families in festive activities designed to help pupils reflect on the positive progress in their social relationships and communication skills. The Duchess then watched performances by the pupils, which celebrated their achievements.
May 04, 2016 – Lunch In Support Of The Anna Freud Centre – In her first engagement as Patron, The Duchess Of Cambridge attended a lunch reception supporting the development of a new centre of excellence for children’s mental health. The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is campaigning for change in children’s mental health. The centre is due to open in the Autumn of 2018 in Kings Cross. The Centre will for the first time, bring together people and organisations in mental health, education, social care and neuroscience, alongside children and their families. At its heart will be The Family School, for children aged 5-14 excluded from mainstream school, which combines mental health care and education. The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has embarked on a £10million capital campaign to complete the £34million funding required for the project. During her visit Catherine viewed a video which showed the upcoming changes with the centre and met with families who benefit from the centre as well as key supporters.
October 11, 2016 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits The Netherlands – During her first solo overseas tour Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited the British Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague, where she convened a roundtable discussion on the themes of addiction, intervention, family and mental health. The discussion brought together professionals from the renowned Trimbos Institute in the Netherlands, with two UK charities of which the Duchess is Patron: Anna Freud Centre and Action on Addiction.
January 11, 2017 – Anna Freud Centre & Child Bereavement UK Centre – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge visited the Early Years Parenting Unit (EYPU) of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London, England. The Duchess was on hand to learn more about their work with families who have children under five years old. Her Royal Highness met parents who have completed the early years programme. She also joined families taking part in a ‘theraplay’ session promoting attachment between parents and children. She also heard stories from families who have benefited from the Parent Infant Psychotherapy service, which supports expecting and new parents with their babies.
February 05, 2017 – Team Heads Together London Marathon Training Day – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry joined a training day with the runners taking part in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon for Heads Together, the official Charity of the Year at the Olympic Park in London. Their Royal Highnesses joined training sessions on the new London Marathon Community Track with more than 150 Team Heads Together and Anna Freud National Centre runners.
April 19, 2017 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Hosts Team Heads Together Runners – The Duchess of Cambridge met Team ‘Heads Together’ runners including the Anna Freud National Centre’s Research Assistant Rosa Town at Kensington Palace as they took part in a final training session before the Virgin Money London Marathon. Her Royal Highness personally thanked Rosa and the assembled runners for helping to change the conversation on mental health with Heads Together – the campaign she spearheaded with the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry of which the Anna Freud National Centre is a charity partner.
April 23, 2017 – Attending The Virgin Money London Marathon – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry cheer on 39,000 runners talking part in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon in London, England. The ‘Heads Together’ mental heath campaign, spearheaded by The Duke & Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, was the marathon’s 2017 Charity of the Year. The Anna Freud National Centre is a charity partner, and a group of ‘Young Champions’, clinicians, friends, family and colleagues joined the official Anna Freud National Centre cheer team. Afterwards, Rosa Town, Research Assistant at the Anna Freud National Centre, met again with the Duchess of Cambridge at the special post-race reception with other runners.
October 16, 2017 – Attending The Charities Forum Event – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry attend a Charities Forum Event. Students and parents from the Anna Freud Centre were invited by STUDIOCANAL, BAFTA Kids and Belmondto to board the Belmond British Pullman train and chat with Their Royal Highnesses. Anna Freud Centre ‘Parent Champions’ spoke with The Duchess about their experiences of participating in services, research and projects offered by the centre. During the visit Their Royal Highnesses also met the cast and crew from the forthcoming film Paddington 2 at Paddington Station.
November 07, 2017 – Attending Anna Freud National Centre Gala Dinner – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge attends the 2017 Gala Dinner for The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (AFNCCF) at Kensington Palace in London, England. The Anna Freud Centre is one of the ‘Heads Together’ charity partners. The event celebrated the new £39 million Centre of Excellence currently under construction on Rodney Street in Islington. During the event The Duchess heard more about the work of the centre from those who are involved with the charity, including families who have benefited from the work of the organisation.
February 13, 2019 – Attending ‘Mental Health In Education’ Conference – The Duchess of Cambridge attended The Royal Foundation’s ‘Mental Health in Education’ Conference. The conference brings together experts from across the mental health and education sectors to explore and discuss the benefits of collaborative working and what more can be done to tackle mental health issues in schools. The Duchess of Cambridge met Head Teachers from a number of schools that are currently piloting The Royal Foundation’s ‘Mentally Healthy Schools’ programme and sat in on a number of listening sessions. The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is one of the programme’s partners and Chief Executive, Peter Fonagy, made a speech focusing on the current gaps and future needs in education and mental health.
May 01, 2019 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Opens Anna Freud Centre Of Excellence – Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge officially opens the Kantor Centre of Excellence in London as Patron of the Anna Freud Centre. The new building is a purpose-built space where leading neuroscientists and practitioners in mental health, social care and education will work together with children and young people to transform mental health for them and their families. At the heart of the new centre is the ground-breaking Pears Family School, a school for children who have been excluded from mainstream education and focuses on re-integrating them back to a mainstream school. During her visit The Duchess met students who are benefiting from the centre and ‘young champions’ who are advocates for the centre. During a short speech, The Duchess said in part: “…the ambition for the New Kantor Centre of Excellence is hugely inspiring. The bringing together of research, education, practice and policy, all in one place, will take Anna Freud Centre’s mission to the next level…”
May 07, 2019 – The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Launch The King’s Cup Regatta – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge made a previously unannounced visit to Cutty Sark, to launch The King’s Cup Regatta. The event coincided with the announcement that The Duke and Duchess will host the new annual sailing event in August on the Isle of Wight as well as go head to head as skippers of individual sailing boats in an eight boat regatta race, to raise awareness and funds for eight of their Patronages. The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’ Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920. The Duchess’s chosen charities are Action on Addiction, Place2Be, The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with Her Royal Highness’s Early Years programme. During their visit The Duke and Duchess joined children from Place2Be in trying out sailing simulators and they also unveiled the King’s Cup. Upon their departure they took a moment to greet crowds in an impromptu walkabout.
August 08, 2019 – Inaugural King’s Cup Regatta – The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge kicked off the Inaugural King’s Cup Regatta at Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The Royal couple went head to head in the regatta to raise awareness and funds for eight of their charitable causes. The Duchess skippered the boat representing her early years initiative with the Royal Foundation. Catherine’s other represented charities were Action on Addiction, The Anna Freud Centre, and Place2Be. Unfortunately, The Duchess of Cambridge received a wooden spoon as her boat came in last. Prince William gets the bragging rights as Bear Grylls accepted the trophy on behalf Prince William’s charity Tusk.