Category: Action on Addiction

Week In Review: September 10, 2023 – September 16, 2023

The Princess of Wales had two public engagements this week. They are highlighted below.

On September 12, 2023 The Princess of Wales visited HMP High Down in Surrey to learn about how The Forward Trust are supporting those in the criminal justice system to manage and recover from their addictions. During her visit Catherine shadowed the experience of a family during a normal visit, starting with the security procedures visitors are required to go through. She sat down with serving prisoners to hear about the current programs provided by both the charity and the prison, and support they are receiving for their addiction. The Princess also visited The Clink, an on-site restaurant which trains prisoners in hospitality, where she met with former prisoners and Forward Trust alumni. Her Royal Highness spoke to those who have worked with and volunteered for the charity in prison and the community and learned how they have been supported to recover from and manage their addictions.

You can visit our page that highlights Catherine’s work with The Forward Trust here.

On September 14, 2023, the Prince and Princess of Wales embarked on an important visit to Hereford. Their visit aimed to support the programs backed by The Duchy of Cornwall, which Prince William inherited from King Charles when he ascended to the throne. The couple’s first stop was at Madley Primary School, where they learned about the school’s outdoor learning curriculum, Forest School. The students attend Forest School at least once a week to learn national curriculum subjects and environmental awareness, conservation, and woodland management. The Duchy of Cornwall and Madley Primary School have been partners of The Forest School initiative for twelve years, and the Duchy provided the school with a woodland site at Brampton Hill Wood to enable the Forest School to take place in Hereford. Over the years, the woodland area and the facilities available to accommodate the school’s growth have expanded.

The Prince and Princess also visited Kings Pitt Farm, where they met with Duchy of Cornwall farming tenants to discuss the We Are Farming Minds charity. This charity aims to support farmers’ mental health in rural communities throughout the country. It offers Herefordshire farmers fully funded access to various services, including counseling, a 24-hour phone and text support line, free mental health awareness workshops, and social events throughout the year to help them feel less isolated. The Duchy of Cornwall works with We Are Farming Minds to enhance its new Mental Health Strategy, which provides ongoing mental health support to all its tenants, specifically focusing on tenants in rural and more isolated communities.


– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > September 12 | Visiting HMP High Down With The Forward Trust
– Engagements & Tour Photos > 2023 > September 14 | The Wales Visit Madley Primary School’s Forest School

June 12 – Attending Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner

Tonight, June 12, 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner.

The Duchess joined her patronage Action on Addiction and Chef Skye Gyngell for the first annual gala dinner in recognition of Addiction Awareness Week. From June 10-16 of 2019, Addiction Awareness Week aims to provide a platform to discuss the many elements of addiction, and to engage with people and families affected, and to raise public awareness.

The Duchess of Cambridge has been Patron of Action on Addiction since January 2012 and has credited the charity on a number of occasions as where her work with mental health and early intervention started. Action on Addiction is a national charity which offers high quality, effective residential rehab and community based addiction treatment. Offering services for detox treatments, counseling, and life skills workshops.

Tonight, The Duchess met with former Action on Addiction clients who are working as apprentices in the kitchen, and worked with Spring Restaurant’s head chef and owner Skye Gyngell to prepare the evening’s dinner. The Duchess also gave a speech saying in part: “Action on Addiction was one of my very first patronages, and as such, it is very close to my heart. I’m hugely passionate about the support it provides, especially for parents,children and families who suffer from, or through, addiction. And in some ways, it was the catalyst for my interest in early childhood development too.” You can read the rest of her speech here.

Engagements & Tour Photos > 2019 > June 12 | Attending Addiction Awareness Week Gala Dinner

May 07 – The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Launch The King’s Cup Regatta

Today, May 07, 2019 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 work on Early Years. Today, The Duke and Duchess joined children from Place2Be and other charities 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.

VIDEOS: Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Face Off in Virtual Sailing Race

In even more exciting news, The Duke and Duchess also spoke about the birth of their new nephew.

May 07 | The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Launch The King’s Cup Regatta

November 03 – Premiere Of “A Street Cat Named Bob” In Aid Of Action On Addiction

November 03 – Premiere Of “A Street Cat Named Bob” In Aid Of Action On Addiction

Yesterday, November 03, 2016 The Duchess of Cambridge attended the UK Premiere Of “A Street Cat Named Bob” In Aid Of Action On Addiction. Before Catherine headed to the premiere she made and embargoed, or previously unannounced visit to the Recovery Street Film Festival. The Recovery Street Film Festival features films made by former addicts and their loved ones about life in recovery from addiction. The films provide real hope that people can, and do recover from addiction. At the festival Catherine to former addicts and filmmakers tell their stories of addiction and recovery. She also watched a special screening of a film. Later that evening, Catherine walked the red carpet at the movie premiere and met with author James Bowen and of course Bob. I have added 276 HQ photos to the gallery. Enjoy!

October 11 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits The Netherlands

October 11 – The Duchess Of Cambridge Visits The Netherlands

In her first solo visit overseas, The Duchess of Cambridge Visited The Netherlands on (October 11, 2016). Catherine had a busy day as she undertook multiple engagements in The Hague and Rotterdam. To start the day Catherine met King Willem-Alexander at Villa Eikenhorst, his private residence he shares with his wife Queen Máxima and their children, Princess Catharine-Amalia, Princess Alexia and Princess Ariane. Queen Máxima was unable to greet The Duchess as she was holding her own engagements in Argentina. Catherine had lunch with King Willem-Alexander before heading to the Mauritshuis Art Museum in The Hague for the exhibition, ‘At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection’. Kate enjoyed a private tour of the museum and it’s collections before attending an art class with students. The next engagement of the day was at the British Ambassador’s Residence in The Hague, where she participated in a round table discussion about addiction, intervention, family and mental health. Catherine was joined by two charities in which she is Patron of, the Anna Freud Centre and Action on Addiction. Lastly, Catherine visited the city of Rotterdam to see Bouwkeet, the social Makerspace of Bospolder-Tussendijken, a workshop in a new community that offers a variety skills to local teenagers. Catherine concluded her trip with a walk about greeting well wishers.