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.