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HRH at Arlington hostel

March 10th 2011

HRH The Prince of Wales visited a historic London hostel on 16 February (pictured). However, the royal guest did not turn up only to visit the residents of Arlington's 95 housing units, but also to meet business leaders.

Formerly the troubled Arlington House run by Novas (see The Pavement passim), Arlington hostel was the backdrop to celebrations which marked 10 years of the Ready for Work programme. Prince Charles is the president of Business in the Community (BITC) which runs the back-to-work initiative.

Ready for Work focuses on securing job placements and training for homeless people, with 23 programmes currently running across the UK and Ireland.

Although celebrating past success, this visit was in part a call to arms to businesses to do more in future. In his speech, HRH said, "In the last six months the number of homeless people has begun to rise and I fear this trend will continue... It is estimated that there are some 20,000 people in this country who are either homeless, or who have experienced homelessness, who could be back at work but are not."


March 2011



From frumpy to funky: "Fab pads" launch nationwide with style

Government action needed to address youth homelessness rise

Public help bring empty homes back into service

Ethical caf?© gives homeless chance to make a change

Sleeping uneasy

Changes to Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau

SIFA Fireside holds memorial service

New service user led forum

Diamonds in the Rough art exhibition

Cannock church shelter discussions

Westminster plan ban

Update on Poncho?

Detail on the Hub

Second phone count

Winter shelters follow the pack

Funding nothing new

Ex-rough sleeper up for literary prize

Reading police seek help in murder

Tent city recognised in Seattle

HRH at Arlington hostel

Zulu council in London

Squats for rent?

Debut album with royal backing

Heroin drought

Homeless to Harvard

Street Shield 20: Home again!


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