PAC Positive Action in the Community

PAC Positive Action in the Community

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Poverty relief
  • Social care
  • Training / employment support
  • Young people

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PAC was set up in 1996 to meet the needs of the community which were not being met through statutory provision or by other organisations. Our mission statement is:

  • To provide benefits for the inhabitants of the North of England, without distinction of sex, political, religious, or other opinions, by assisting the Local Authorities, Voluntary Organisations and the local inhabitants in the following ways:
  • To prevent and relieve poverty;
  • To promote the education of people who through their social and economic circumstances are in need and to provide or support schemes where such persons may acquire and develop vocational skills which will enhance their employment prospects, their physical and emotional health and well-being.
  • To provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life of those in need, hardship or distress;
  • To advance education for public benefit by providing advice and guidance upon questions of unemployment, housing, domestic abuse, safeguarding and social welfare and related topics.


PAC runs a number of different projects which address a variety of issues being faced by those in the community. The core projects include:

SafeSpace provides short and medium stay supported accommodation and support at high quality, purpose built accommodation projects in Pendle and Rossendale, for young people between the ages of 16 and 21, who are homeless or facing homelessness.

PDVI provides a range of specialist support for adults in Pendle affected by Domestic Abuse. Our community services include, but are not limited to; outreach support in the community, group support, professional counselling services, access to legal support, independent advocacy, helpline services, sanctuary scheme provision and access to homelessness prevention. PDVI also provides emergency and temporary accommodation for families escaping Domestic Abuse. In addition to the PDVI community services we can provide safe and supported accommodation, offer a programme of recovery support and provide resettlement packages. PDVI uses specialist and experienced staff and trained volunteers to deliver our services

Evolve is a counselling and life skills service. Access to the service is on a referral basis and is open to current service users of Positive Action in the Community projects. Evolve aims to provide the opportunity for people to address their difficulties that are limiting their personal development and opportunities for their future. The counselling service is delivered by both qualified and final year supervised trainee counsellors who are fully insured and comply with BACP regulations. The life skills programme will offer group sessions to individuals to address wider lifestyle issues and choices and will be offered via one off sessions and programme based sessions.

The Lookout provides support to children and young people aged 4 – 18 in Pendle who have experienced Domestic Abuse within the family home and/or in their intimate relationships. Children and young people can access one to one support, group programmes, awareness workshops, our term-time youth club and fun activities that take place during the school holidays. Young people affected by intimate partner violence can access support through our specialist YPVA service. We work closely with schools and deliver within schools as well as within the community ensuring open access for all with both emphasis on supporting victims and also early intervention and prevention.

PAC also manage a number of other projects within the charity. These currently include RAH (Reducing Aggression and Harm), HAPI (homelessness awareness and prevention interventions) and The Wellbeing Challenge.

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