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Positive action in the community (PAC)
who are we?

Positive Action in the Community (PAC) was established in 1997 to meet the needs of the community which were not being met through statutory provision or by other organisations, particularly in the areas of youth homelessness, domestic abuse and mental wellbeing.

We are a local registered charity with the vision to have a community that gives the greatest opportunity for a safe, fulfilled and aspirational life, free from, homelessness,  domestic abuse and poor mental health.

To achieve this we deliver a number of projects that includes; supported accommodation, community based support, support in educational settings, counselling, and training, and personal development opportunities.

All our services provide specialist support on an individual basis to empower people to build emotional resilience, improve their health and wellbeing, make positive choices, and to have fulfilled and independent lives.

Every year PAC receive over 1000 new requests for support

Research shows 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience domestic abuse in their lifetime

Research has found Youth homelessness affects over 120,000 young people per year

BE FREE (Support for Adults)

BE FREE (Support for Adults) (formerly known as PDVI) provides a range of specialist support for adults in Pendle and Rossendale affected by domestic abuse.

Our community services include: a confidential helpline that can be accessed by people affected by domestic abuse and those who are worried about them, tailored one to one support to improve personal safety and address the impact of trauma, specialist family support for victims who are parents, help to seek legal advice and protection, support in attending court, group support, and much more.

BE FREE (Support for Children & Young People)

BE FREE (Support for Children & Young People) (formerly known as The Lookout) is Pendle’s specialist support provision for young victims of domestic and sexual abuse.

We support children and young people aged 4 – 18 years old who have been subject to domestic and sexual abuse within their family or relationship, directly or indirectly from a family member, partner or former partner.

BE FREE (RAH Programme)

BE FREE (RAH Programme) (formerly known as Reducing Aggression and Harm) provides support to children and young people who are displaying harmful behaviour towards others.

Support focuses on addressing the reasoning behind the presenting behaviour such as parental separation, loss and bereavement, and aims to support children and young people to develop alternative strategies to improve their mental health and wellbeing.


SafeSpace is a 24 hour supported accommodation project based in Pendle and Rossendale for 16 – 21 year olds who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

They 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.


The Homelessness Awareness and Prevention Interventions (HAPI) are the first point of call for all the 14-25 year olds in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness.

HAPI can provide informal mediation and support, contact family or friends and build positive relationships, answer questions relating to homelessness and housing issues, provide independent advice and guidance around housing and homelessness along with much more.


Evolve is our counselling and life skills service and available to all PAC service users.

Evolve aims to provide the opportunity for people to address the difficulties that are impacting on their wellbeing and limiting their personal development and opportunities for their future.


We have been commissioned by LCC Public Health to coordinate the delivery of Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention training. We currently offer this to those who live or work in the Lancashire area and work with Children and Young people (excluding BWD and Blackpool). If you satisfy this criteria then you are eligible for a free place on any of the following courses – 2 day YMHFA/ ½ day YMHFA/ 2 Day ASIST/ ½ day SafeTalk.

Alongside this, we are working in partnership with Lancaster University to co-ordinate the delivery of Emotional Health in Schools training. This training is specifically designed to assist those working in schools, therefore you have to work within a school in the Lancashire area to be eligible for a free place.


We are a local registered charity working across Pendle, Burnley and Rossendale on a number of projects which support people to build emotional resilience, improve their emotional health and wellbeing, make positive choices, and improve their education and employment chances and move on to live independent lives. We provide supported accommodation to Homeless young people, support to adults and children affected by domestic abuse.


Whether you want to hold a charity bake sale, a coffee morning, plan a party, or join a pre-organised sporting event, we’ll make sure you have everything you need to make your day fab and full of fun.


Want to know what we have been up to this week? Here you will find all our latest news and information, together with any current up and upcoming events we have planned, whether it be a fundraiser or our latest campaigns.


“I want to say a massive thank you to the team. I was in a very dark place before meeting these guys and they have helped me see the light at the end of the tunnel.”


“Thank you for putting a smile on my face. Thanks for supporting me at the worst time of my lifeand showing me my worth. Letting me know that I am deserved to be loved like everyone else. Thank you for everything.”


“Thank you PAC for bringing my heartbeat back through your support!”


“Thank you so much for your help. You have all given me a new life. Thank you for everything!”