Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Families For Cooking Workshop At Community Support Project

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Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Families For Cooking Workshop At Community Support Project

The Duchess of Cambridge made a surprise
visit to a community parental support project on Tuesday morning.

Kate headed to PACT (Parents and Communities
Together) in Southwark to learn more about how communities can support parents
and their families with their mental wellbeing and improve the health and
development outcomes for young children. 

During her visit, the Duchess met volunteers and attendees from PACT
Southwark’s weekly MumSpace group, which provides support for local parents to
discuss any challenges they’re facing.

As well as joining in on a cooking workshop, mum-of-three Kate said
she wished she had been able to attend a similar group when she was expecting
her first child, admitting she would have “learned a lot”.

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Families For Cooking Workshop At Community Support Project

Kate then rolled up her sleeves to join a cooking workshop with parents
and their children, helping them to make fruit kebabs. 

During the session, the Duchess helped one little boy, Jonathan –
who was wearing a smart shirt as he celebrated his second birthday – chop up
his banana.

Going to shake the hand of another mother, she laughed “Sorry,
now I’ve got a sticky hand” before pulling a face of amazement at
one-year-old Zoe who was busy eating strawberries.

“I can see why everyone likes it here,” the Duchess said.

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Families For Cooking Workshop At Community Support Project


Hearing how PACT runs “Parent University” courses for
expectant parents and those with newborn babies, the Duchess heard how mothers
were learning about social and emotional development as well as the basics about
labour and feeding.

“Do you feel there’s enough awareness and understanding around
social and emotional development among under-fives?” she asked
Josephine Namusisi-Riley, who leads PACT in Southwark.

“There’s perhaps more about what they’re eating and what parents
are doing about physical milestones?”

Josephine and health visitor Simonette Guerra described how the course
dealt with the importance of the early years, including brain and language
development and play.

“As a new mum I would have liked that,” said the
Duchess. “I think I would have learned a lot. The importance of
play! What’s so fantastic is seeing the amazing work that’s going on here. That
support you’re providing is amazing. The science backs it up.”

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Families For Cooking Workshop At Community Support Project


Set up by Citizens UK in 2014, PACT is a community-led social support
project which aims to build a confident, resilient community of parents who can
give their children the best start in life whatever their circumstances. Having
been initiated in Southwark, the project has since expanded to Leeds and
Newcastle.

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Families For Cooking Workshop At Community Support Project


Kensington Palace said ahead of Kate’s outing: “The
Duchess is committed to raising awareness of the importance of early
childhood experiences and of collaborative action in order to improve outcomes
across society”.

The Duchess launched the Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood in
June 2021, which aims to drive awareness and action on the impact of the early
years. 

Photos: Kate Middleton Joins Families For Cooking Workshop At Community Support Project


The Duchess opted for smart business attire for her outing in London,
teaming a grey checked blazer with a black top, LK Bennett trousers and Gianvito Rossi heels
She is accessorized with pearl earrings from Annoushka and a
pendant necklace from Astley Clarke

 

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