We are hugely proud to announce that the fitness coach Joe Wicks MBE has agreed to become our patron.
Surrey-born Joe first became aware of our work after his mother, a social worker, started to work with some of the residents at their site near Dorking in Surrey. Since then, Joe has visited the centre on a number of occasions, donating fitness equipment and giving advice on physical activity and nutrition.
Many of the young people who stay at Amber have wider issues that have led to their homelessness such as misuse of alcohol or drugs, poor mental health or a criminal conviction. Joe is a huge advocate of our work supporting people to overcome their issues and move on positively with their lives, having grown up in a family touched by addiction.
Asked about his decision to become a patron, Joe commented “I have been lucky enough to visit Amber’s Surrey centre a few times to meet the young people and the team after being introduced by my mum. I always leave feeling so inspired by the work and by the individuals who are turning their lives around. Being a child growing up in a family with experience of addiction and chaos, I am reminded just how important places like this are for people who need some love and support, which is why I’m delighted to become a patron. Amber is a place that truly cares and wants to see people live a healthier and happier life. We both share this mission and it is important to me that I do anything that I can to help this work continue. I hope my involvement can lead to even more people receiving help and support in the future.”
Since 1995, over 4,000 young people have benefited from Amber’s programme of support, which focuses on 4 key areas: health and wellbeing, employability, independent living and personal development. The ultimate aim for each young person who stays at Amber is to move on into employment, education or training, and more permanent housing.
Paul Rosam, Chief Executive at Amber commented: “We are thrilled to have Joe Wicks as our patron. Joe is passionate about helping people lead healthy lives and giving young people the opportunity to learn about and take part in activities to develop health and fitness. This is a key part of our support at Amber and it really helps the homeless young people who stay here to gain the resilience to be able to leave their troubled pasts behind and transform their lives.”