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Updated: Apr 27, 2023

NEWS from PACT – April 2023

Family Disco

PACT celebrates Reading Children’s Festival

Reading based charity is inviting families to put on their dancing shoes and come and dance the afternoon away at its first family disco.

PACT is partnering with local school Hemdean House for an afternoon of fun and dancing.

Bring your dancing shoes and your best outfit as Crazy Times Disco plays tunes to get adults and children dancing.

We encourage children to come in fancy dress for a parade at the end of the afternoon where there will be a small prize for the winning costume!

There will be light refreshments on sale along with a tuck shop, balloon modelling, badge making and temporary tattoos for a small fee.

The event is suitable for children aged 11 and under and accompanying adults, all families are welcome.

All funds raised from the disco will directly support the local families, women and children affected by trauma that PACT works with every day.

PACT Adopter Diversity Recruitment Officer said: “This promises to be a great afternoon when families in our community can come together to have fun while knowing they are also supporting the families, children and women that need it the most.

PACT works to provide a safety net of support for families, children and women affected by trauma whether that is from adversity in childhood, domestic and/or sexual abuse or mental ill health.

This support is needed more than ever, right here in our town. Fundraising events like this are important to PACT to provide this vital support.

Our services enable women, families and children to make very real and profound changes in their lives.”

PACT supports children and families through their adoption services, providing loving, safe and secure homes to children who need them most.

One child adopted by a PACT family said:

“I like PACT so much. You have helped my life a lot. I will always remember you.”

Each year PACT’s Alana House community project supports and empowers hundreds of women facing multiple disadvantages.

One woman supported by Alana House said:

“To be honest, the way I was, if I hadn’t found Alana House I think something very bad would have happened. “Everything was going wrong and I couldn’t see a way out, but I was determined and I got the help I needed to rebuild. Through doing that it has actually made me realise how strong I am and I am determined to do great things.”

PACT’s Bounce Back for Kids recovery programme works with local children and parents who have experienced domestic abuse.

“Doing this Bounce Back course with my daughter has been one of the best things I’ve done. I was unsure at first…but I am so happy I did as it has opened my eyes and given me and my daughter the tools to move forward.”

Bounce Back For Kids Attendee

Tickets cost £5 for children aged 2-11. Accompanying adults and children under 2 enter for free alongside a paid child ticket. To find out more and book your ticket:

About PACT:

PACT has been building and strengthening families since 1911 through its community projects across the Thames Valley and as an independent adoption charity in London and the South

PACT runs Alana House in Reading which supports and enables women to address particular behaviours and assess life circumstances that may have put them in a vulnerable position or at risk of offending.

In 2021 115 women accessed one-to-one support and 95 came to group sessions. Volunteers supporting Alana House were awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2022. The QAVS is the highest award a local voluntary group can receive in the UK and is equivalent to an MBE.

PACT’s other community project is Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) which is a recovery programme for children and families affected by domestic abuse. In 2021 the BB4K project supported 83 children and 72 parents.

PACT is one of the leading adoption charities in the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) in terms of placing children with loving families. In 2021 placed 64 children with PACT families through its adoption services.

PACT’s adoption services were rated outstanding by Ofsted in all areas in 2014 and 2017.

PACT operates award-winning adoption support services in the form of therapeutic support, counselling, advice, training, virtual events and support in education.

In 2021 70 families were supported by our adopter champions service, 89 families came to our family fun days and 72 children came to activity groups. 3,400 parents, caregivers and professionals accessed our digital support platform CATCH (Children and Trauma Hub).

For more information, any interview requests or questions, please contact:

Grace Gomez:, 07825 095333.

Best wishes


Grace Gomez | Adopter Diversity Recruitment Officer

Usual Working Days | Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Mobile | 07824 095333

Parents And Children Together | 7 Southern Court, South Street, Reading, RG1 4QS

Registered Charity| 285214

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The Oxford Diocesan Council for Social Work Incorporated, whose working name is Parents and Children Together, is a Company limited by guarantee, registered in England (No. 1636098) and a Registered Charity (No. 285214), whose Registered Office is 7, Southern Court, South Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4QS.

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