HRH The Countess of Wessex, visited Amber’s Farm Place, a centre for homeless and unemployed young people in Ockley, Surrey.
Amber provides a temporary home for up to 30 young people at the centre, giving them space and all the support they need to rebuild their lives. Amber delivers a programme for young people, which helps them build their confidence and skills so that they can move on to their own accommodation and back into work or training.
On the visit, The Countess met the young residents and saw Amber’s programme in action. A group of young people were taking part in a workshop to explore their ambitions and shared the life maps that they had been creating. Music also plays an important part in the programme and Her Royal Highness was treated to a performance of a new song that the residents have been working on.
Emily who is currently staying at the centre said:
“It was lovely to meet The Countess and great that she could visit. All the young people were really looking to the day and have been involved in the planning. I worked on a song called ‘Young Blood,’ which is about moving on with my life. It was brilliant to get that chance to perform it for her.”
Paul Rosam, CEO at Amber accompanied HRH The Countess of Wessex on the visit:
“We all had a really great day. The young people loved having Her Royal Highness to visit and we’re proud to show off the centre and demonstrate the different things that they do here. It was brilliant that she took the time to visit the centre and engage with the young people – it will really give the residents but also the staff a real boost.”