Ahead of St. David’s Day, the Prince and Princess of Wales visited South Wales to champion mental health initiatives and meet local communities.

Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre

The Prince and Princess stared the day at Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre to hear first-hand about the work they do to support those struggling with the effects of drug and alcohol addiction.

The Centre has been delivering a range of support programmes in Wales for over 40 years including a programme for people with Alcohol Related Brain Damage and specialist therapy courses to help clients improve their mental health.

During the visit, their Royal Highnesses met clients at the Centre and their families and learn about how the current garden facilities and the outdoors are used as part of their therapy.

The Prince and Princess of Wales will also see the plans for new therapy allotments and a garden which are being created thanks to the support given to social enterprise Life at No.27 by The Royal Foundation as part of its “community impact” pilots.

The new garden at the Brynawel Rehabilitation Centre will include a collection of allotments where individuals can have their own space to learn and grow their own produce. This will sit alongside a communal sensory and herbal garden, a mud kitchen and an interactive learning space.

The Royal Foundation has convened national and local organisations to support the design and build, as well as provide funding, tools, plants, seeds and materials for landscaping.

Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre

Their Royal Highnesses then visited Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre to meet local communities and hear about how sport and exercise can support mental health and wellbeing. Aberavon Leisure & Fitness Centre opened in 2016 and offers a range of physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle for local people in Aberavon.

At the centre, the Prince and Princess toured the facilities including a large indoor sports hall where young people and Welsh professional athletes including Harrison Walsh and Hannah Brier will be taking part in an athletics and gymnastics session.

Other facilities include a spin studio and an eight lane 25m swimming pool with a moveable floor.

Wales Air Ambulance charity

The final engagement of the day saw the Prince and Princess visit the headquarters of the Wales Air Ambulance.

The charity, which was founded in 2001, has completed over 43,000 missions and is on standby 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

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