Duchess of Cambridge to launch new charity service close to her heart

Duchess of Cambridge
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The Duchess of Cambridge has thrown herself back into work this year, having already headed out on multiple royal engagements so far.

And today is no different, as Catherine takes to the London borough of Lewisham, to visit the charity Family Action, and launch a very special new service for them.

The Duchess will be there to launch 'FamilyLine', a national, confidential support line from the charity which has been set up to help families struggling with any aspects of day-to-day life.

It aims to offer callers - who may be struggling emotionally, or with family conflict or relationship difficulties - practical support and guidance, both in the short and long term.

The free service will be open from 6pm - 10pm on Monday to Friday, and from 10am - 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Anyone from anywhere in England and Wales can get in touch to talk to a trained volunteer about their issues - under the supervision of the charity's experts. To find out more about the service, click here - or call the helpline during its open hours on 0808 802 6666.

During the visit to the charity, Catherine will also meet with young people who have benefited from their services, alongside their families.

It's without doubt a subject close to the Duchess's heart, as she's often spoken about how she believes children's early years are some of the most important of their lives.

In a speech early last year, she said, "It is vital that we nurture children through this crucial learning period.

"We also need to focus on parenting and family support, so that parents feel able to get their children school-ready, confident that they themselves can cope with the mental and emotional needs of their own children."

Of course, Catherine now has three young children of her own, and she's regularly voiced that she wants to give them the best start possible in life, preparing them mentally for the challenges ahead.