Special service to celebrate International Women’s Day and 10 years of Reading’s Alana House

A UNIQUE service is being planned to mark International Women’s Day and the 10th birthday of Alana House – a Reading community project for vulnerable women.

The service will take place at Reading Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin on Sunday 8th March at 3pm.

Alana House is a community project run by Parents And Children Together (PACT) which uses a holistic approach to support women with complex needs by empowering them to take control of their lives, make informed decisions and improve their life chances. In 2018/19, 191 women accessed Alana House for groups, courses, drop-ins and one-to-one support.

There will a host of readings, performances including the Reading Community Gospel Choir and refreshment provided by the team of baristas from Alana House’s community café project.

All are welcome to attend the service. Tickets are free but limited so must be booked in advance. Donations towards PACT and Alana House’s work are encouraged.

Jan Fishwick, Chief Executive of PACT, said: “We are extremely proud of our work at Alana House and it is fitting to have a special celebration on International Women’s Day.

In the last decade more than a thousand women have been empowered to make positive life changes by developing new skills and boosting their self-esteem. This celebration is all about those incredible women who never fail to inspire me.”

On its ninth birthday, Alana House launched its new community café – a project where the women have been trained in barista and baking skills and taking the lead on running the café each week.

PACT, which supports families across the South East through adoption and specialist adoption support, also runs a second community project, Bounce Back 4 Kids which supports families affected by domestic abuse.

To find out more about Alana House and its programme of activities, which include weekly drop-in sessions, see www.alanahouse.org or call 0118 9217640.