Watch this video about important PACT updates, our funding and our future.
Last year was busy for us at PACT but we are currently in a situation where our funding is reducing and this could have an impact on our staff team and capacity. We need your help to plan for the future so join one of our Zoom listenings to share your thoughts about PACT, details below.
We need your help to plan for the future
We want to hear from you at our listening events on Zoom. We are a project run by parents for parents and we want to hear how we can improve our project and work together.
Please join us at one of these events and share your thoughts.
Friday 19th March:
MumSpace 10:30 - 11:30 am
Contact Kate 07821 447526
Espacio Mama 11:00 - 12:00 noon
Contact Grace 07561 070518
Monday 22nd March:
Babies @ MumSpace 11:00 - 12:00 noon
Contact Mena07534 727316
Tuesday 23rd March:
Spanish Drop-in 1 pm - 2 pm
English Drop-in 6 - 7 pm
Wednesday 24th March:
English Drop-in 1 pm - 2 pm
Spanish Drop-in 6 - 7 pm
Looking back at 2020
2020 was a tough year for all of us at PACT. With lockdown, we closed our face-to-face groups, moved online and tried to find the best ways we could support our community.
10 PACT parents and volunteers stepped up to the challenge as community researchers and called 299 PACT families to better understand the biggest challenges affecting our community.
Biggest Challenges during lockdown:
- There were concerns over our children, basic needs not being met e.g. food and rent, and the management of Covid-19.
- There were multiple barriers preventing families from accessing much-needed services, including language barriers, confidence with using the internet and access to devices.
- Due to multiple external pressures, many families experienced mental health challenges, including stress, anxiety and isolation.
We received funding to hire two new members of staff to provide digital support, focus on mental health and provide one-to-one advocacy and support to families in need.
We provided internet and devices for 46 families who needed them and provided 65 families with one-to-one digital support through our team of dedicated digital volunteers.
We have been amazed by the support from our community who have continued to volunteer their time to support others. With resilience and creativity they have run weekly English lessons, tutored PACT children over the summer holidays, run art workshops, walking tours and cooking lessons. For a closer look into some of the wonderful things achieved this year thanks to volunteers, check out our volunteer's day blog.
There are going to be some changes
We are now in a situation where this money has run out and it is proving difficult to maintain our level of funding from before the pandemic. We will have to reduce our staff's capacity and we need to prioritise what we continue to do and how to do it better.
Saving PACT video created by parent leaders
This will reduce our capacity, however, we are not going anywhere. We will continue to run our groups and we hope to open our face-to-face groups as soon as possible.
Though there will be changes, this is an opportunity to strengthen our community and decide together how we will move forward. Make sure you join one of our listening sessions to have your say!
If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to a member of staff at PACT.