LOCAL charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is celebrating the work of its fast-growing group of volunteers as part of Volunteers’ Week 2016.
PACT is an independent adoption agency and provides specialist therapeutic support to adoptive families. It also runs community projects for vulnerable women with complex lifestyles and families affected by domestic abuse.
In the last year PACT volunteers gave more than 2,700 hours of their time to help PACT provide its vital services. PACT currently has 22 volunteers helping with a variety of activities across London and the South including providing a warm and friendly welcome on adoption panel days, facilitating group work, manning reception and as trustees on its board. PACT also works with corporate volunteers and students on placements.
Volunteers’ Week is running for slightly longer this year, from 1st – 12th June to coincide with the Patron’s lunch on 12th June which is a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday and a lifetime of service as a Patron to more than 600 charities and organisations.
Chief Executive at PACT Jan Fishwick said: “We’re really proud of our volunteers, they generously share their time, experience and enthusiasm. It’s wonderful to see the families and communities that PACT support getting such value from our volunteer team and know that in turn our volunteers benefit also.”
PACT is keen to expand the volunteer team across all areas of the business. Volunteer Manager Sam Ward said: “We have a wide variety of opportunities available from a Handy Person to a Yoga Teacher to a Minute Taker.
“We’d also love to hear from you if you think you could offer something to PACT which isn’t advertised on our website.
“Volunteers share their time for all sorts of reasons including using or brushing up on existing skills, enjoying the sense of giving something back and making a difference, or the buzz of team work and having a routine. People often start with one role and go on to do one or two more.
“In return for your time we’ll offer you training, social events, whatever support you might need and we’ll reimburse your travel expenses.”