Vote for Alana House to win £30,000

PACT's community project for vulnerable women in Reading is calling for local people to vote to help it win vital funding of £30,000.

Alana House has been shortlisted by the Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund for the chance to win the grant but must compete in a public vote against 14 other shortlisted applications for a chance to be given the funding.

Alana House uses a holistic approach to provide early intervention and prevention support for women who have multiple issues, complex needs and have reached crisis point. In 2015/16 it helped more than 260 women.

The grant would be used to fund a dedicated Support Worker to work on finance and employment with the women that attend Alana House. The Support Worker will be able to offer individual support to the women, for example for those who cannot read and write and those who have mental health conditions which make learning much more difficult.

The Support Worker will work in partnership with Enterprise Inspiration CIC to deliver support on a range of subjects such as communication skills for work, practical sales skills, how to map their network and use this to get business, using social media to search for/promote business, personal presentation for work, business goals and planning tools.

Jan Fishwick, Chief Executive at PACT said: “We know that the women at Alana House have an appetite to develop these skills. A dedicated worker will be able to build up a relationship with this vulnerable client group, supporting them one to one and in group sessions.

“Between April 2016 and June 2016, 40 women were supported with needs around finance/benefit/debt/skills/employment. 30% of these women had positive outcomes and we are keen to increase this.”

“Please take thirty seconds to vote for Alana House. If successful, your vote will enable local women to receive the support they need to get back into work.”

To vote for the project you need to visit http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.natwest.com/vote/vote-in-south-west-and-wales.html and select ‘Vote now’ at the bottom of the page. You will then be able to select Parents And Children Together and submit your vote.

To find out more about Alana House visit www.alanahouse.org