PACT’s Alana House receives donation from Reading Councillors

ALANA House has received a £265 donation from Labour Councillors at Reading Borough Council towards its work supporting vulnerable women.

Alana House is a community project run by Parents And Children Together (PACT) which aims to empower women to take control of their lives, make informed decisions and improve their opportunities. In 2017, 196 women accessed Alana House in Reading and its satellite service in West Berkshire for groups, courses, drop-ins and one-to-one support.

Last November Alana House received a prestigious national Howard League for Penal Reform Community Award for its work reducing crime and transforming women's lives for the better through its innovative partnership Enrich Programme. This initiative is run in partnership with Thames Valley Police, IRiS and Reading Borough Council's Troubled Families service and works with a small cohort of female low-level offenders who want to make positive changes in their lives, access support in their communities and reduce their call upon the police and other emergency services.

PACT's Chief Executive Jan Fishwick OBE thanked the councillors for their donation. She said: "Alana House is entirely funded through grants and voluntary income so we are always very grateful for donations such as this to help support this important service."

Natausha van Vliet, Director of Business Development at PACT, added: "Alana House offers a safe and non-judgmental space where women who find themselves at a disadvantage can access the help and support they need to turn their lives around. Any financial support for us to continue this vital service is always incredibly appreciated."

Cllr Deborah Edwards, who organised the collection of personal donations from Labour Councillors, said: "The work that PACT does with some of the most vulnerable women, through Alana House, is vital and nationally acclaimed. It is a pleasure to raise funds to help fund this work and support the women and their families."

Find out more about Alana House by visiting www.alanahouse.org