The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have today carried out engagements in London Bridge and Whitechapel to meet with local communities, hear about the challenges they have faced over the last six months and shine a light on individuals and businesses who have gone above and beyond to help others during this time.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited the London Bridge Job Centre, where they spoke to a group of customers who had been impacted by Coronavirus and are now receiving support at the centre.
The Duke and Duchess also spoke to Employers about their experiences of trying to help people find jobs during a global pandemic. London Bridge Job Centre has seen a significant increase in its claimant base since the start of Covid-19 and has continued to provide support with face to face care to vulnerable customers in a Covid secure manner.
The Duke and Duchess then visited The London Muslim Centre, where volunteers have played an important role in supporting members of their community by helping to cook and deliver warm meals and medication to the most vulnerable during the pandemic.
At the Centre, Their Royal Highnesses met volunteers and beneficiaries of the project that were supported by funds from the National Emergencies Trust, of which The Duke is Patron. Beyond providing vital supplies, the team have also been providing befriending calls to the isolated, vulnerable and elderly and critical counselling, including supporting women affected by domestic violence.
Lastly, Their Royal Highnesses visited Brick Lane to try their hand at bagel making at East London’s famous Beigel Bake Brick Lane Bakery.
The 24-hour bakery was forced to reduce their opening hours during the pandemic and Their Royal Highnesses heard how this affected employees, as well as the ways in which the shop have helped their community through food donation and delivery.