PACT celebrates the work of volunteers

VOLUNTEERS have given 1600 hours of their time to charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) since it re-ignited its volunteering scheme in August 2014.

PACT has 32 volunteers including 10 trustees, working across the whole charity. Volunteers provide counselling at women’s community project Alana House and help facilitate Bounce Back 4 Kids groups for children affected by domestic abuse.

Bounce Back 4 Kids Manager, Kathryn Warner said: “Volunteers have transformed what we deliver.”

Volunteers also help the fostering and adoption teams in numerous roles including providing administrative support and helping at recruitment events. They also support the PACT HR team and cover the reception desk at the PACT headquarters in Reading.

PACT Chief Executive Jan Fishwick said: “I’m delighted at how well our volunteering scheme is doing, with volunteers in all areas of the charity. They are a key part of the PACT team.

“Volunteers come from all walks of life and volunteer for a whole range of reasons from wanting to gain experience or brush up on skills, to support a local charity or simply to get out of the house.

“Some of our volunteers do more than one role, one of them does three! I’d like to say a huge thank you to all of them.”

The scheme is continuing to expand with lots of different volunteering roles available, including volunteers to help at adoption and fostering support groups, volunteers with accountancy experience and volunteers with specific skills they can share such as yoga.

Volunteer Manager, Sam Ward said: “The feedback we consistently receive from our current volunteers is that they find PACT a warm and friendly place and the word that frequently comes up is that PACT is inclusive and they, as volunteers, feel included.”