Prince William to train as councillor at emergency services charity - ‘I want to help’

PRINCE WILLIAM announced he is to train as a volunteer counsellor for ­emergency service workers, he revealed yesterday.

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Prince William hears of the support the Fire Fighters Charity provides to members of the UK's fire a (Image: GETTY)

The Duke of Cambridge, a former RAF search and rescue responder and air ambulance helicopter pilot, will help out at text messaging service Shout, after it announced plans to support Britain’s “blue light community”. William, 37, visited a residential centre for firefighters yesterday to highlight the plight of responders struggling to cope with the distressing scenes they witness.

The second in line to the throne helped launch Shout, the UK’s first round-the-clock text messaging help service, in May.

The Royal Foundation, the charity vehicle he created with his brother Prince Harry in 2009, has invested £3million in the service. Visiting a residential care centre run by the Fire Fighters Charity in Chudleigh, Devon, William said he wanted to work as a volunteer counsellor.

The Prince said: “I’m aiming to set myself up for it, I really want to do it. Even if I can only do an hour on my laptop.

“I want to do the training and be able to help.”

Prince William receives a salute

Prince William receives a salute as he arrives for a visit to the Fire Fighters Charity's Harcombe House centre in Chudleigh, Devon (Image: GETTY)

Prince William speaks with Richard Baldwin in an art therapy session

Prince William speaks with Richard Baldwin in an art therapy session (Image: GETTY)

William was at Harcombe House, one of three UK residential centres run by the charity, to mark Emergency Services Day.

He added: “What I always find with the blue light community is that you put the hat and the uniform on day in, day out and you see whole families being torn apart.

“You try and compartmentalise, you try not to bring it back to your own family but, after a while, one or two jobs catch up with you.

“If the blue light community can be more open about the things that bother them, then others can as well. We are not robots and, if you are in the emergency services for long enough, you see really distressing things.”