Positive Action in the Community

Positive Action in the Community

At a glance


  • Community safety / victim support / domestic violence
  • Counselling / advice
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Women
  • Young people

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PAC – Positive Action in the Community was set up in 1999 to meet the needs of the Pendle community which were not being met through statutory provision or by other organisations, since then we have expanded to deliver services across Lancashire and we currently have buildings in Pendle and Rossendale

PAC exists to provide public benefits for the inhabitants of the North of England without distinction of sex, or of political, religious or other opinions, by associating the Local Authorities, Voluntary Organisations, and local inhabitants in the following ways:

  1. The prevention and the relief of poverty.
  2. To promote the education of persons who through their social and economic circumstances are in need and unable to gain employment and in particular 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.
  3. To provide facilities in the interest of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the object of improving the conditions of life of those persons in need, hardship or distress.
  4. To advance education for the public benefit by providing advice and guidance upon questions of unemployment, housing, domestic abuse, safeguarding and social welfare and related topics
  5. To assist persons of limited means in cases of social hardship or economic misfortune upon terms appropriate to their means whether or not members of the society to find appropriate living accommodation and whilst so doing to provide where possible temporary shelter in properties managed by the charity from time to time.

PAC was previously known as Pendle Action for the Community, but due to demand for our services outside of Pendle our name was changed in 2016 to remove any barriers / confusion caused to beneficiaries, ensuring access was for all.

PAC is supported by a board of committed voluntary trustees who bring with them a wealth of experience, and knowledge ranging from accommodation provision, youth services, legal services, human resources, business & project management, financial management, educational services, employment & training opportunities and charity governance.

PAC employs an incredible and dedicated frontline workforce ranging from volunteers, support staff, management, a central administration team, alongside a CEO and senior leadership team who facilitate strategic and operational development of the charity.


Be Free (formerly known as PDVI, The Lookout and RAH) provides a locally based, accessible range of support and interventions for adult and child victims of domestic abuse in Pendle and Rossendale. Support for adults includes but is not limited to; helpline provision, outreach and IDVA support in the community bespoke to individual need, safety planning, advocacy, support with criminal and civil court proceedings, recovery support, professional counselling services, sanctuary scheme provision and access to homelessness prevention. Support for children includes therapeutic one to one, sibling and group support which is age appropriate and tailored to individual need, safety planning, advocacy, YPVA support and educational awareness on healthy and unhealthy relationships.

Be Free also manage 2 safehouse’s within the Pendle community that can provide up to 6 units of safe accommodation for women and children who are escaping Domestic Abuse from across the country. Support is offered targeting safety planning and recovery as well as accessing move on accommodation and resettlement support to sustain safety and support recovery.

Be Free also provides a ‘Reducing Aggression and Harm’ (RAH) programme for children and young people who are presenting with aggressive and harmful behaviours towards others. RAH provides support to address the underlying issues for children and young people’s presenting behaviours; developing alternative strategies and aiming to improve mental health and wellbeing.

SafeSpace provides supported accommodation for young people in Lancashire between the ages of 16 and 21 (upto 25 in some circumstances), who are experiencing homelessness.

We have 2 sites; our Pendle project can accommodate 19 young people at any one time and our Rossendale project can accommodate 14 young people.

SafeSpace Pendle is a purpose built building in Nelson that provides fully furnished accommodation and support for 19 young people. The facilities include 15 self-contained flats (consisting of a lounge, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen and storage area), 4 en-suite emergency bedrooms, communal lounges, training kitchens, communal laundry, IT suite, activity room, therapy room, meeting rooms and office space. The accommodation is situated directly next to the The Zone (neighbourhood centre) allowing access to their provision and services.

SafeSpace Rossendale is based in Rawtenstall and includes 5 emergency rooms, 6 bedsits and 3 move on flats for young people. There is also a communal lounge, training kitchen, communal laundry, IT room and office space.

SafeSpace is staffed 24-hours a day. Our accommodation bases in Pendle and Rossendale allows us to provide the highest standards of supported accommodation along with the highest quality of support delivered by our team of qualified and extensively experienced staff. Our projects do not just provide accommodation but also provides services and support to meet the holistic needs of young people to ensure they develop the appropriate and required skills to live independently and have successful futures.

HAPI provides prevention services for young people aged 14-25 in Pendle, Burnley and Rossendale who are at risk of homelessness. Our aim is to support sustainable housing and accommodation for young people as a foundation for their future. Services are available via face to face support as well as telephone support and can include; providing information and guidance, rebuilding relationships with with parent’s / family members/ carers (if it is safe and appropriate), family mediation, exploring housing options (short and longer term), referring and speaking to other agencies that may be able to help, contacting and making referrals to accommodation projects, including support in attending assessments if required, support and assistance with moving into accommodation, including welfare benefits support, as well as building independent living skills and engaging in personal development opportunities.

HAPI also delivers educational awareness on youth homelessness within schools and colleges.

Evolve is a community wellbeing service. Evolve aims to provide the opportunity for people to access activities, education, awareness and information, access to community services, employability support and professional counselling at the earliest opportunity to meet their needs, and as a pathway to independence to support their wellbeing, personal development and opportunities for their future. Community services are delivered by

experienced workers and the counselling service is delivered by qualified who are fully insured and comply with BACP regulations. The education, employability and life skills programme offers bespoke support to individuals addressing barriers to engaging in education or employment. In addition to this Waterside is our Community Hub, situated in Colne, Pendle. We currently deliver a varied programme of youth club / youth activities for young people aged 8-16yrs it is used for delivery of group work from some of our other projects during the day. We also deliver the HAF (Holiday Activities with Food) Programme during school holidays at Summer, Christmas and Easter. We are also developing further services and support in response to, and alongside our young people and their families to address local issues such as anti-social behaviour, educational issues, poverty, healthy lifestyles, community belonging, aspirations and personal development.



Evolve also provides a training and professional development support programme. Originally developed to focus on PAC employees, to support staff inductions as well as professional and personal development, we now also coordinate and deliver training to support the wider Lancashire county workforce. Our training programmes aim to support the early intervention approach and increase mental health and wellbeing in Lancashire. The courses are delivered by a pool of qualified trainers from different workforce sectors including; the voluntary sector, health, substance misuse services, counselling, housing and education. The course portfolio currently includes; SafeTalk (half day introduction to suicide interventions), ASIST (2 day suicide interventions programme), Youth Mental Health First Aid (2 day course to qualify as a mental health first aider), Mental Health Awareness (Half day), Adult Mental Health First Aid (2 day course to qualify as a mental health first aider).

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