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Prof Green surprises Depaul young people
March 15th, 2017
Rap and TV star Professor Green surprised a group of around 20 young people by paying a special visit to Depaul UK, which receives funds from Comic Relief.
To support this year’s Red Nose Day and find out how money donated by the public helps to support people all across the UK, Professor Green kicked off the visit on Wednesday, 15 March by watching one of Depaul’s regular fitness sessions at its accommodation project in Greenwich, south London.
With 80,000 young people estimated to be homeless in the UK, the rapper spent time meeting and interviewing a group of young people benefitting from the project’s support to learn more about their personal situations and how the project is helping them to live independently and step out of homelessness. The visit will be showcased during this year’s Red Nose Day, broadcast from 7pm on BBC One on Friday, 24 March.
After the three-hour visit, Professor Green said he was inspired by what he had seen. He said: “It’s changing lives that matters. Young people are the foundation of our country.”
David, 17, one of the project residents interviewed by the star, said: “He’s a calm guy. He asked me my plans for the future and how Depaul UK had helped me. I told him I used to bottle things up but now, thanks to Depaul, I have learnt to open up more.”
Depaul UK provides accommodation and a range of other services to young people without homes, helping them live independently.
Comic Relief supports Depaul UK’s Get Up And Go programme, which recruits, trains and supports volunteers to run activities, as well as providing mentoring to these young people. Skills gained through the activity programme equip participants for independent living and the workplace, while mentoring underpins their personal development, giving them confidence and the ability to step out of homelessness.
Depaul UK’s London Programmes Manager Angela Gault said: “Our activities and workshops – fitness sessions, boxing, cooking, computer workshops, interview preparation sessions – allow our residents to build confidence and self-esteem, try new things and identify their skills and strengths.
"They also create positive spaces in which they can meet each other and interact with staff in a different setting. This often leads to further conversations about what they aspire to do next in their lives and what may be holding them back from achieving these goals."