Princess of Wales meets displaced families from Ukraine in Reading

  • Watch the Princess of Wales visiting the Reading Ukrainian Community Centre.

The Princess of Wales has been meeting displaced Ukranian families in Berkshire today (17 November).

Her Royal Highness visited the Reading Ukrainian Community Centre where she took part in an art class and spoke to children affected by the conflict.

The monthly art workshops allow the Ukrainian children to have fun, build friendships and express their emotions and experiences through a creative outlet.

The centre is home to the Berkshire branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, the largest representative body for Ukrainians and those of Ukrainian descent in the UK.

Kate chatted with families being supported by the Reading Ukrainian Community Centre. Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine earlier this year, the community centre has adapted its activities to support Ukrainians arriving in the UK, and deliver medical equipment and humanitarian aid to those on the front line.

During her visit, the princess heard from volunteers about how they have changed their services in recent months.

Work being carried out for the Ukrainian community in Reading has included the delivery of educational classes for children, and running weekly coffee mornings at the centre to provide practical advice and support around topics such as employment and housing.

The sessions also help to establish and solidify social connections and a sense of community, which have been proven to be a vital foundation for positive mental wellbeing.