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Action on Addiction is delighted to announce the patronage of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge

We are thrilled to announce the patronage of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. We feel privileged that The Duchess has chosen to support Action on Addiction. It will help us keep the issue of addiction in the forefront of people’s minds.

Please see below the Press Release from 5th January 2012.


HRH The Duchess of Cambridge becomes patron of Action on Addiction

5th January 2012

Action on Addiction is delighted to announce the patronage of HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

Action on Addiction is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional workforce development and support for families and children.

Her Royal Highness recently paid a private visit to one of Action on Addiction’s treatment centres and spoke at length to a number of clients about their addiction and personal journeys to recovery.

Chief Executive, Nick Barton, said, “It is a great honour for the Charity that Her Royal Highness has chosen to become our patron. We are very grateful to the Duchess whose support will enable us to keep the issue of addiction in the spotlight. Addiction is a consuming condition that results in a great deal of harm to individuals, families, communities and society as a whole. Yet, it is not always well understood or responded to effectively. We are thrilled that the Duchess will be supporting us in our mission to free people from addiction and its effects.”

Notes to Editors:

Action on Addiction
Telephone: 0300 330 0659


For further information about Action on Addiction, please contact
Amanda Thomson: +44 (0)20 7793 1011, or +44 (0)7812 585572

For further information about HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, please contact Nick Loughran, St James’s Palace: +44(0)20 7024 5728,



Clouds House (Wiltshire)
(38 beds) – First stage treatment centre (including detoxification).

Hope House (Clapham, London)
(22 beds) – Second stage treatment centre for women only

SHARP Liverpool
(Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme) – including The Spider Project (creative relapse prevention), the Brink (recovery social hub), Aftercare

SHARP Bournemouth & Poole
With Progress (pre-treatment), Aftercare and Working Recovery (work skills development)


Families Plus
Services for people affected by the addictions of people close to them

M-PACT (Moving Parents and Children Together) – a programme for children living with parental substance misuse

Courses for professionals wishing to work with families affected by substance misuse and addiction


The Centre for Addiction Treatment Studies (Wiltshire)

Courses in Addictions Counselling attracting awards of Foundation Degree and Honours Degree from the University of Bath

Continuing Professional Development Courses accredited by the University of Bath

Bespoke courses and consultancy


Research is commissioned from the National Addiction Centre and other research organisations

Reg. Charity No. 1117988                Reg. Company No. 05947481



The Duchess of Cambridge has accepted the following honorary positions:
  • Patron of Action on Addiction
  • Royal Patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices 
  • Royal Patron of The Art Room
  • Patron of the National Portrait Gallery, London
In addition, The Duchess of Cambridge is to become a volunteer in the Scout Association, volunteering time privately with groups in north Wales and elsewhere as opportunity arises.

The Duchess’s first Patronages and her volunteer position reflect Her Royal Highness’s personal interests in the arts, the promotion of outdoor activity, and supporting people who are in need of all ages, especially young children.

The Duchess’s new roles reflect Her Royal Highness’s wish to support the Royal Family’s work in highlighting important causes in the charitable and voluntary sector and the arts. The Duchess has chosen to support organisations that complement the charitable work already undertaken by her husband.

Each of the organisations chosen plays a leading role in its sphere either nationally or in local communities.

Background on the organisations:

Action on Addiction works to free people from addiction, support their families, and educate professionals in the addictions field. The charity has treatment centres throughout England, a specialist family service, an innovative research programme and an expert training centre. The charity has centres in Dorset, London, Merseyside and Wiltshire, but operates nationally.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. The charity provides care and support wherever the family wishes – in families’ own homes, in the community or at one of their hospices – with the challenges that having a life-threatening condition can often bring. The range of support includes short break care, specialist play activities, music therapy, hydrotherapy, parent groups and siblings groups, care at the end of life and bereavement support for all family members.

The Art Room works with children to increase their self-esteem, self-confidence and independence through art. Many of the children are disengaged from mainstream education, disruptive or withdrawn and all have been identified as needing time away from their school. The charity’s emphasis is on teaching life skills while encouraging children and young people to both relate and engage with each other. The Art Room employs senior practitioners who are trained in psychotherapy, art, teaching and social work. The charity currently works in Oxford and in north London.

The National Portrait Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. The Collection is displayed in London and in a number of locations around the United Kingdom. Artists range from Holbein to Hockney, and the Collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video. As well as the permanent displays, the Gallery has a diverse and ever-changing programme of exhibitions and events which promote an appreciation of portraiture in all forms, and an energetic learning and outreach programme.

The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities for over 400,000 young men and young women throughout the United Kingdom. The Movement helps young people reach their full potential and develop as active citizens in their community. Beaver Scout Colonies and Cub Scout Packs cater for all young people between six and ten years old. Scouts, Explorer Scouts and members of the Scout Network are aged 11 to 25. Scouting is the largest co-education youth organisation in the world with over 31 million members. The Duchess will join nearly 100,000 volunteers in the UK who give their time to support young people in their communities. In the UK, The Queen is Patron of the Scout Association and The Duke of Kent is its President.

Notes to Editors:

  • The Duchess of Cambridge began her private research into charitable causes in September 2011. The private programme undertaken by The Duchess consisted of meetings at St. James’s Palace and private visits to a number of sites. In addition, The Duchess personally considered all requests for Patronage that were sent to her.
  • The Duchess will, over the coming months, undertake both private and public visits across the United Kingdom to the organisations of which she is Patron and Royal Patron.
  • The Duchess will volunteer primarily with the younger Members of the Scout Movement – Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts – in the vicinity of her and The Duke’s home in north Wales and elsewhere as opportunity arises. Her Royal Highness will become what is formally termed an Occasional Helper in the Scout Association. The role is open to anyone who is interested in helping one or several groups at a frequency that suits the volunteer. Commitment can vary from helping a handful of times a year to most weeks, and is often fulfilled by relatives of children involved in the Movement or interested members of the local community. The Duchess’s personal commitment will be in accordance with her other duties and obligations.
  • All the organisations above will formally be invited to join The Princes’ Charities Forum, an initiative started by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry in 2006 to bring together their charitable interests. The Forum will consist of 32 organisations once the organisations affiliated to The Duchess are included. More information about the Forum can be found at


Miguel Head or Nick Loughran, St James’s Palace: +44 (0)20 7024 5728, or

Amanda Thomson, Action on Addiction: +44 (0)207 793 1011
or +44 (0)7812 585572 (or Head Office: +44 (0)300 330 0659)

Simon Hempsall, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices: +44 (0)1953 715534 or +44 (0)7702 176212,

Eleanor Macnair, National Portrait Gallery: +44 (0)20 7321 6620,

Bel Crewe, The Art Room: +44 (0)1865 779779, +44 (0)753 2244080,
+44 (0)753 2149578

Simon Carter, The Scout Association +44 (0)20 8433 7260 or +44 (0)7889 130812,




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