Services all set for Royal visit!

Posted by Media team / Tuesday 21 February 2017 / Press release

Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge will visit two Action for Children services in Wales on Wednesday 22nd February.

The visits will be the first official engagements for The Duchess with the charity since taking over the role of Royal Patron for the charity in December from Her Majesty The Queen.

The Duchess will visit Torfaen Multi-disciplinary Intervention Service (MIST) and Caerphilly Family Intervention Team (FIT) and receive an introduction to our specialised work in supporting young people and families in Wales, and across the UK who encounter a number of serious challenges such as mental health problems and behavioural issues.

Her Royal Highness will first visit Torfaen MIST near Pontypool. Torfaen MIST is a child and adolescent mental health service for looked after children with complex needs run by Action for Children on behalf of Torfaen Borough Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. The service works very closely with young people, foster carers and birth families and there has been great excitement ahead of The Duchess’ visit.

Jennie Welham, children services manager for Torfaen MIST, said: "This service is unique to Wales and we are delighted Her Royal Highness is coming to see us.  The Duchess is meeting some fabulous young people who have made giant strides in their lives since working with us at MIST.  They are so excited as are all the staff, foster carers and birth families.  We are exceptionally proud of the work we do here as we genuinely change lives for the better and to be recognised with a Royal visit is a wonderful moment for us all.  We can’t wait to meet The Duchess on Wednesday."


"The excitement the Royal visit has generated has been brilliant to see and we are very grateful to Her Royal Highness for her continued interest in the vital work we do, not just in Wales, but at our 600 services across the UK. Our services take on very challenging work and our passionate and dedicated teams make a huge difference to the children, young people and their families who need it most in our communities."

Brigitte Gater, director of children’s services in Wales

The Duchess will then travel over to the Caerphilly FIT service that is run by Action for Children with funding from the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.  The team works with children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, problems with family relationships and those who have or are likely to self-harm.  They work directly with families to help understand the reasons behind certain behaviour and use creative techniques that are tailored to meet individual needs.

Elaine Simpson, children’s services manager for Caerphilly FIT, said: "We do powerful work that has a profound effect on the families we serve and we are very honoured The Duchess is coming to meet us.  Her Royal Highness will speak to the families and witness our work in action.  Everybody connected with FIT is tremendously excited about the Royal visit and is aware The Duchess has a genuine interest in the issues we take on every day here in Caerphilly.  We are thrilled and will ensure The Duchess of Cambridge has the warmest of Welsh welcomes."