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Prince William visits LGBTI institution for homeless youth

Prince William visits LGBTI institution for homeless youth

26/06/2019 17:00

It is the first visit of a royal family member to a charity for LGBTI youth.

Prince William made a special visit to a charity for young homeless LGBT people today. The Duke of Cambridge visited the new Albert Kennedy Trust (Akt) service centre in Hoxton to meet and talk to young people and employees. He was also there to officially open the new building.

The LGBTI organization Akt offers a safe house, various services, personal and online mentoring programs and a series of activities for the homeless LGBT youth who come there. The team also supports young people in finding work and applying for jobs. They ensure that young people get food, clothing and shoes and that their mental well-being is stable.

Chief Executive Tim Sigsworth said that today was a huge important step forward. "Akt is honored to welcome his Royal Highness The Duke Of Cambridge to our new London service centre today. This is the first visit of a member of the royal family to an LGBTI youth charity." He added: "The impact of homelessness is very harmful to LGBTI youth, with high rates and incidents of mental health problems, sexual exploitation, drug abuse, HIV and sexual health problems. "

The Albert Kennedy Trust (Akt) was founded in Manchester in 1989 and is 30 years old this year. The name of the charity comes from a 16-year-old boy from Manchester who died after falling off the roof of a parking garage, while several attackers chased him.

 

 

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