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  • 14th June 2019

    PACT trustee gets on his bike for vulnerable families

    An adoptive dad and charity trustee has completed a 170-mile cycling challenge to raise funds for vulnerable children and families. Phil Lewis, 59, of Crowthorne, cycled for three days between the three office locations of Parents And Children Together (PACT) the charity he and his wife adopted their 10-year-old son through and where Phil now volunteers as a trustee. PACT, which offers outstanding Ofsted-rated adoption services to families across the South East, is one of the leading independent adoption charities in the country. Last year the charity helped transform the lives of 93 children by finding them adoptive families. PACT also run two community projects – Alana House which supports and empowers women – and Bounce Back 4 Kids for families affected by domestic abuse. Phil started his challenge from the charity’s head office in Reading on Monday 10th June and cycled to its office in Brighton. On Tuesday 11th June he rode from Brighton to PACT’s office in Pimlico, London. Then on Wednesday 12th June he cycled from London back to Reading. Phil said: “PACT does fantastic work in supporting vulnerable children and women in the community as well as creating families through its adoption services. “PACT needs our support so it can continue to provide these essential services in bringing parents and children together. “I decided to raise money to support the team at PACT by cycling between its offices in Reading, Brighton and London, approximately 170 miles in the end. “Day 1 was interesting during the amber weather warning and pouring rain last Monday! Despite the weather, the huge hills in and out of Brighton and the London traffic, I had just two falls and two punctures, not bad for me!” PACT’s Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE said: “We are all so proud of Phil for taking on such a tough challenge, in dreadful weather conditions and doing it all with a smile on his face. “We are all inspired by Phil’s efforts, and we would urge anyone else who would like to take on a fundraising challenge to benefit vulnerable families to contact us.” Phil is aiming to raise £1,000 from his challenge. Supporters are welcome to visit his fundraising page at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/PhilipLewis9

  • 06th June 2019

    Huge thanks to our amazing volunteers!

    This week PACT has been celebrating Volunteers Week by saying a huge thank you to all our volunteers who make such a difference to our work building and strengthening families. Over the last year volunteers shared an incredible 6,646 hours of their time with PACT, helping in a range of roles from working on reception to carrying out admin for different teams. Volunteers also help run sessions and courses for our community projects, Alana House women’s centre and Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K), which supports children affected by domestic abuse. PACT’s Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE said: “We are so grateful for all the help and support our volunteers give us. The difference they make to our work is amazing and they really are a crucial part of the PACT team. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them all for so generously sharing their time, talents and enthusiasm to the benefit of our teams and the families we work with.” Here are some quotes from our amazing volunteers about what volunteering for PACT means to them: “It is so good to be a small part of such a friendly, supportive and much-valued team. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to volunteer and give a tiny bit back to the community.” "Volunteering at PACT is a great experience that has taught me several skills that I will need later on life. Everyone is so friendly and supportive and it's nice to think that what I'm doing is making a difference in the community.” “One of the biggest challenges when I retired from work was to find a continual stream of things to do which kept me thinking and doing – all too easy just to let the days slip by and get into a rut! PACT is one of the best things I do for this and I very much enjoy playing a part in a busy and professional organisation.” “Volunteering with PACT has given me so much more than simply learning new skills. It has given me a sense of belonging to a cause that it so much greater than myself. It has been a transformative experience, one that I would recommend to anyone I meet.” We are always on the look-out for new volunteers so please see www.pactcharity.org/volunteer or email volunteering@pactcharity.org if you would like to find out more.

  • 28th May 2019

    Adoption Information Event in Oxford

    Adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is now holding regular events in Oxfordshire for anyone interested in finding out more about adoption.These will take place on:Tuesday 3rd September 6.30-8pmTuesday 15th October 6.30-8pmTuesday 10th December 6.30-8pmThese events are led by a PACT social worker and will include a talk from someone who has adopted through PACT. They are an ideal opportunity for people to find out more and ask any questions.Attending the event is free but booking in advance is essential, Please contact our enquiries team on 0300 456 4800 or email enquiries@pactcharity.org to find out full event venue details.With more than 3,000 children waiting to be adopted, PACT specialises in finding secure and loving homes for priority children who often face the longest wait for their forever family.PACT welcomes couples or single people from all backgrounds as adopters, including those of black and minority ethnic heritage and from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.PACT provides outstanding adoption services and award-winning support for its adoptive families for life.

  • 23rd May 2019

    Mayor of Reading visits Alana House

    The Mayor of Reading visited PACT’s Alana House women's community project to get an update on its work and to hear about its future plans, which include the launch of a new community cafe project. Cllr Debs Edwards attended Alana House’s sewing group last week and chatted to some of the women taking part. She also met volunteers and staff, who talked to her about recent projects as well as the current work to refurbish the centre’s drop-in room and kitchen ahead of next month’s launch of the community cafe project. Alana House, which has its main base in Reading but also covers West Berkshire, Bracknell, Wokingham, Maidenhead and Windsor, supports vulnerable women by empowering them to take control of their lives, make informed decisions and improve their life chances. In 2018, 225 women accessed Alana House for groups, courses, drop-ins and one-to-one support. Alana House, which celebrates its ninth birthday next month, has twice won a prestigious national Howard League for Penal Reform Award, acknowledging the positive impact Alana House has on the women it supports and their wider communities. Cllr Edwards, a long-term supporter of Alana House, said she had really enjoyed her visit. She added: “It is so important that there are places like Alana House where vulnerable women can get the help and support they need to change their lives around. “It was really lovely to talk to some of the Alana House ladies and also to hear about the project’s exciting plans for the new community cafe project. I wish all involved all the very best with this new project and look forward to continuing to support Alana House going forwards.” Natausha van Vliet, Chief Operating Officer at PACT, said: “We really appreciate the support Cllr Edwards has given Alana House and it was great to welcome her back and update her on our work and future plans. It was also nice to be able to introduce her to some of the women we are currently supporting, and they really enjoyed meeting her. We hope to welcome Cllr Edwards back soon for a cup of coffee!”

  • 22nd May 2019

    Can you support our plans to launch a new domestic abuse programme for under fives?

    PACT’s Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) programme for primary school-aged children has changed the lives of many children and helped them come to terms with domestic abuse they have seen. There is currently no provision for younger children but we know there is a great need; for that reason we have developed our own thorough and age appropriate 12 week-programme for children aged five and under. To help us get this off the ground fundraising platform The Good Exchange has kindly offered to match-fund pound for pound any donations we receive for the pilot course. Lina Artunduaga, PACT's Fundraising Manager, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to deliver the pilot so we are asking for your help to maximise the benefits of this generous offer. "Every pound donated will be matched and will enable us to support children under the age of five and their parents who have been victims or witnessed domestic abuse. Any donation will make a real difference." If you can help, please make a donation here.

  • 30th April 2019

    Learn about PACT's adoption support at our next online information event

    Find out about the support PACT offers its adoptive families at our next online adoption information event on Tuesday 7th May.Join us live at www.facebook.com/pactcharity at 1pm when PACT’s Adoption Support Team Manager Julie Stolland will be talking through the wide range of support that is available for PACT families for life, which includes:• The Adopter Hub• Adopter Champions• Strengthening Families Team• Family and Childrem Therapeutic Support (FACTS)• Training Julie will also be able to answer any questions you have. If there is anything specific you would like us to cover or you would like to ask a question in advance please email us.If you can’t join us live on Tuesday, you can watch back later via this page of our website, where you can also view previous online adoption events.

  • 25th April 2019

    Five runners on a marathon mission for PACT!

    FIVE runners are limbering up to take part in the iconic London Marathon this Sunday (28th April) on behalf of adoption charity Parents And Children Together (PACT).PACT’s team of runners comprises:Kevin Virsolvy Stuart Belcher Rohan Allen Emma Pemberton Lucy Slee Each runner is aiming to raise £1,500 for PACT, which supports families across the south east through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects.PACT’s Fundraising Manager Lina Artunduaga said: “We are so grateful to these runners who have been working incredibly hard over the last few months, not only to train for a marathon, but also to raise funds for our work.“Their efforts will make such a difference to the families and children we work with. Please do sponsor them if you can – all donations are welcome and will enable us to reach out to more families who need support.“I would like to thank all our amazing runners and wish them lots of luck for Sunday!”If you would like to support PACT’s work, how about signing up for our Marathon in May challenge, in which you get 31 days to complete 26.2 miles. PACT also has charity places available for Oxford Half Marathon on Sunday 13th October – see here for full details or to register your interest.

  • 25th April 2019

    Can you complete a Marathon in May for PACT?

    ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is asking people to complete a marathon in a month in support of its work.Marathon in May challenges you to complete 26.2 miles over the 31 days in May. You can run, walk, cycle or swim the miles and can cover the distance either individually or together as a family or group of colleagues or friends.All the proceeds will be used to help PACT’s work building and strengthening families. The charity supports families across the south east and beyond through adoption, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects.PACT was named Charity of the Year at the Pride of Reading awards 2018.Jan Fishwick OBE, Chief Executive of PACT, said: “We launched Marathon in May last year and were thrilled to bits to see so many PACT families, staff and supporters taking part and raising more than £2,000 for our work. It’s such an easy and fun way in which people of all ages and abilities can support our work – I hope many more people take on the challenge this year!”PACT’s Fundraising Manager Lina Artunduaga added: “The really great thing about Marathon in May is you can complete the challenge however you would like, whether it’s walking a mile a day, or running or cycling a few miles every weekend. It’s perfect for anyone who has ever wanted to do a marathon but maybe not all in one go, and ideal for families or colleagues who can take part together to share the distance.  “We’re all really excited Marathon in May is back for a second year – and can’t wait to get going covering those miles! Do join us if you can, and good luck to all those who have already signed up.”It costs £14 per adult to register, which includes a medal and a chart to track your progress. Children taking part alongside a registered adult can take part for free but extra medals can be ordered for £2.50.Participants can also choose to further support PACT’s work by getting sponsored to complete a Marathon in May and anyone who raises over £50 will receive an exclusive goody bag.The deadline for people to register is Wednesday 8th May.To find out more and to register see www.pactcharity.org/marathon-in-may. If you would like more information or have any questions please get in touch with our Fundraising Team by emailing fundraising@pactcharity.org or calling 0118 402 1696. 

  • 28th March 2019

    Happy Mother’s Day from PACT

    PARENTS And Children Together (PACT) is wishing a very happy Mother’s Day to all mums celebrating this special day after adopting children through the charity.The leading independent adoption agency, which supports families across the south east through outstanding adoption services, award-winning therapeutic support and community projects, would particularly like to thank the 56 mums who adopted children with PACT last year.One of those new mums is Chloe*, who with her husband Dan* adopted a baby girl, Megan*, with PACT through a Foster for Adoption arrangement. This initiative aims to give stability and continuity of care as early as possible to children who are very likely to be adopted by placing them with potential adopters who are also approved as temporary foster carers while decisions are made about the child’s future by the courts.Chloe said adopting her daughter had been the best thing she had ever done.She added: “I am 100 per cent convinced she was made for us and we were made for her. I just couldn’t imagine my life without her. She is my entire world.”With more than 2,000 children waiting to be adopted, PACT specialises in finding secure and loving homes for children in care, including those who often face the longest wait for their forever family.Jan Fishwick OBE, Chief Executive of PACT, said: “This Mother’s Day I would like to thank all the amazing women who have adopted children with PACT, particularly those who may be celebrating this special day as a mum for the first time.”Lorna Hunt, Head of Adoption at PACT, added: “There are so many children in need of a loving mum. I would urge anyone who thinks they could give a secure and stable home to a vulnerable child to please get in touch.”To find out more about adopting with PACT see www.pactcharity.org/adoption, call 0300 456 4800 or email enquiries@pactcharity.org