The King and Queen Consort visited Project Zero to honour their work By Victoria Munro
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla came to Walthamstow yesterday to visit a youth centre fighting to stop young people dying from violence.
The royals arrived at Project Zero in Grange Road, Walthamstow, at 11am on 18th October and were met by a crowd of students from Barn Croft Primary School.
Project Zero was founded in 2019 by Stephen Barnabis, who has worked in youth engagement for 30 years and lost two young relatives to violent crime.
It hosts a weekly youth club and holiday programmes to keep young people off the streets and helps older teenagers find jobs through apprenticeships or support to enter higher education.
Children from Barn Croft Primary School greet the king (credit: WF Council)
The king spoke with young people that use the centre and was shown around its facilities, which include spaces for music production, gaming, counselling and recording radio.
He also met with Leyton Orient footballer Omar Beckles, an ambassador for the centre, who later told the East London Guardian he hoped Stephen would one day receive a royal honour for his work.
Omar added: “[Thanks to Project Zero] these kids are getting access to footballers, they’re getting access to royalty, and I think it’s gonna play a massive part in their aspirations and what they can achieve in life. I think that’s priceless.”
Project Zero moved into its current home early last year after outgrowing a small space in CRATE nearby and being offered “a very reduced rent” by Waltham Forest Council.
King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla arriving at the centre (credit: WF Council)