Kate was greeted by staff and representatives from the charity upon arrival.
Action on Addiction was announced as one of Kate's first patronages back in January 2012. Since then she has carried out a number of engagements on behalf of the organisation and today's visit very much ties in with Kate's autumn programme of engagements focused on mental health and related fields.
The centre's location is a spacious Grade II listed Georgian manor which has been converted and equipped to provide an excellent learning environment with a welcoming atmosphere.
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There are many difficult challenges in the addiction treatment field, and an inadequately trained workforce has long been recognised as one such difficulty. The centre contributes to raising standards by training addiction counsellors to a higher standard than ever before.
Over 200 students from the UK and other countries have graduated from the centre, and gone on to pursue careers in a variety of organisations in the UK and abroad. Many more have completed the centre’s Continuing Professional Development Courses. Over 60 per cent have disclosed either a family connection or declared themselves in recovery. If you wish to find out more or donate please click here.
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The Duchess toured the centre and saw first-hand its work providing training, education and professional development for those working in addiction and other related fields.
Her Royal Highness then met course tutors and examiners before participating in a tutorial group to discuss their training.
Several touching and personal stories were shared. More from the Mail Online:
'The Duchess of Cambridge was moved after hearing how a recovering alcoholic had overcome the trauma of losing her three sons to foster care to graduate a university course, in addiction counselling. Anna Elston, 43, told how she was 'entrenched in active alcoholism' and her children, including her premature baby son Dylan -- who was born at 25 weeks and weighing just 1lb 12oz -- were taken into care. But, after she was able to prove she could 'get to grips with my recovery' she mercifully regained some care of her sons after a year.
She was speaking a day after graduating from a University of Bath degree course, run by a Kate-backed charity, Action on Addiction. Shaking her hand after a celebration ceremony at a training Center run by Action on Addiction, Kate, 33, told her, 'I'm so happy and pleased that you got your children back.' Elston adds, 'She said 'well done' and wished me all the best.'
Kate joined a graduation ceremony celebrating students who have achieved foundation and honours degree programmes. As HRH posed for a photo with graduates she said "Let's do one with your hats".
The Duchess also had the opportunity to receive an update on the local M-Pact (Moving Parents and Children Closer Together) programme which takes a whole-family approach to tackling addiction.
You may recall Kate launched the M-Pact programme in Manchester in 2013 wearing a floral-print Erdem dress. In 2014, Kate - wearing her GOAT Scarlett Dress - visited a school in Islington to see the next stage of the programme M-Pact Plus, a school-based project designed to provide early support for children affected by a parent's addiction. As royal patron, it's important for Kate to be kept abreast of developments and to view the progress of initiatives launched by her charities.
The Duchess showcased the latest addition to her fabulous collection of coats; the Reiss Rubik Houndstooth Wrap Coat.
The effortlessly stylish garment features a high neck, selt-tie belt and concealed button front. It retails for £325 on the UK Reiss website and $620 on the US Reiss website. The coat is also available at Bloomingdales, Harrods and John Lewis,
More from the product description:
'Monochrome graphics are a sophisticated way to make a statement and the Rubik wrap coat is woven with a striking houndstooth design that captures the look perfectly. Layer it over both day and evening looks.'
A closer at the asymmetric stand collar and print.
Kate wore her bespoke teal 'Alice' coatdress by Emilia Wickstead first seen in New Zealand during the 2014 royal tour.
When Kate wore the dress in New Zealand it was a very familiar piece indeed. Kate initially wore a pale pink version of the garment which she wore for The Queen's Sovereign's Luncheon and The Queen's Garden Party in May 2012. The Duchess obviously liked it so much she commissioned another one from the designer.
Kate wore her Stuart Weitzman Power pumps.
And carried her black suede Mulberry clutch again today.
The Duchess accessorised with her Mappin & Webb Empress pendant.
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Kate's sapphire and diamond earrings completed the look.
It's been a rather eventful week full of surprises, from the completely unexpected sighting of the Diana's Cambridge Lovers Knot Tiara to Kate's new do being unveiled at ICAP's Charity Day yesterday; it's been a very enjoyable and eventful week. It's also been great to see all of your comments and conversations too. A big thank you to all who participated!
There's a video from the visit at ITN Source.
Finally, with thanks to Cepe for sharing news William, Kate and Harry attended a reception for their royal foundation yesterday. As it was a private event, we do not expect photos will be released.