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How to keep your mental health, healthy

Your mental health is one of the most important things in life. Healthy mental wellbeing ensures you get the most of what life offers. Good mental health isn’t being in a constant state of happiness. Highs and lows are normal in life, it’s how we deal with them that contributes to good mental health.

BIBA Award

The BIBAS is one of Lancashire’s most prestigious award ceremonies. Run by the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce…

Big Lottery Grant

If you follow our social media pages you will know we have recently been awarded grant funding for our PDVI service from the National Lottery funding.

21st Birthday

As many of you know we recently celebrated our 21st birthday and threw a wonderful black tie evening. The night was such good fun, we had a 3 course meal, followed by our auction, dancing and a casino themed area. Our friends, family and colleagues came together and raised the astonishing amount of £4500.

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks all the companies that supplied us with prize donations and our wonderful guests that bid for them.

21st birthdays are a milestone both for people and businesses and we are no acceptation. Keep your eyes peeled on our socials for more from us celebrating 21 years of working with the community!

Thank you to everyone that was kind enough to give to us over the last 21 years, we ensure all proceeds are distributed to all of our projects and we hope to keep making a difference to local people’s lives.

Homelessness – Everything you need to know

The definition of homelessness means not having a home; You don’t have to be living on the street to be homeless – even if you have a roof over your head you can still be without a home. This may be because you don’t have any rights to stay where you live or your home is unsuitable for you.

What situations mean you are homeless?

You might be defined as homeless if you are:

  • Sleeping on the streets
  • Staying with friends or family
  • Staying in a hostel
  • Living in overcrowded conditions
  • At risk of violence in your home

Why Do Younger People End Up Homeless?

Family Breakdown

Relationship breakdown, usually between young people and their parents or step-parents, is one of the key causes of youth homelessness. People can end up coming to SafeSpace because of relationship breakdown or being told to leave. Many have experienced long-term problems at home, sometimes involving violence, leaving them without the family support networks that are fundamental to younger peoples lives.

Mental Health

Often, mental health plays a role in peoples lives, who come to us. We all have mental health, and some days this can be good and others not so good, having no stability or a safe place to be inevitably affects our wellbeing. They can experience a wide range of different and often complex problems that can go undiagnosed. Others are tackling problems such as substance misuse, which can also affect their mental health.

Gang Crime

Gang crime or crime in general can also affect young people. This can lead to homelessness as they may not be safe in their homes or their may parents decide their life of crime is hard to handle.

What we do:

Did you know that in 2017 SafeSpace Pendle and Rossendale had a total of 252 referrals looking for help?

There is an epidemic of young people that need services like ours, we want to help them through tough times in their life and set them on a positive path during their time with us.

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

Our accommodation is available for up to 2 years depending on the level of need and risk of the individual. When you stay with SafeSpace you will be treat fairly, helped to gain confidence and empowerment in order to make your own decisions to lead an independent life. When the time approaches for people to leave we always ensure they are moving to a safe and comfortable environment, whether that be moving back home or having their own place.

Pendle, like a lot of places in the UK, has an issue with homelessness. SafeSpace Pendle has 19 rooms to accommodate individuals, as well as 14 in our Rossendale building. Our rooms are always full and we have an ever growing waiting list but we can always offer support and help to access accommodation. Our expanding waiting list demonstrates just how many people require our services, but with further work and support we can grow to accommodate more people suffering with homelessness.

We are here to help and support young people, in difficult times. Homelessness can happen to anyone regardless of race, wealth, education or opportunity. Sometimes young people find themselves needing to live independently, but without the life skills they need to find a suitable place and maintain their tenancy. That’s why we are here; to help, and keep providing the service we do for people.

We welcome donations of cash, clothes, food and small household goods such as crockery, books and kitchen equipment. You can donate online at the https://mydonate.bt.com/events/safespace/190090 website.

To get in touch to discuss donating or fundraising for SafeSpace please contact the project manager on 01282 619192 or email Email: info@p-a-c.org.uk

Tender Opportunity Alert

We are looking for an experienced service provider to submit proposals in response to our Marketing and Fundraising requirements.

You can download the Tender by clicking here.

For further details, or to reserve your tickets or tables please email info@p-a-c.org.uk

Closing date: 15th April 2018

This year PAC are celebrating 21 years of supporting homeless young people and families affected by domestic abuse.

To mark the occasion we are hosting our very first Charity Ball. It is going to be held on Saturday 14th July 2018 at The Oaks Hotel, Burnley.

The evening is not one to be missed and will include; glass of bubbly on arrival, a three course dinner, live music entertainment and fundraising competitions with great prizes.

Tickets start from £40 for an early bird booking made before 1st April, with standard tickets priced at £45 or tables of 10 tickets for £400. Sponsorship options are also available.

You can download the booking form by clicking here.

For further details, or to reserve your tickets or tables please email info@p-a-c.org.uk

Local Charity Workers and Supporters take on TOTAL WARRIOR!

An intrepid team of 18 charity workers and supporters of local charity Pendle Action for the Community will take on the tough challenge of Total Warrior in Leeds this Saturday 27th June to raise money for Christmas for the young people at risk whom they support.

The Total Warrior challenge involves a distance of 12 kilometres that incorporates 30 obstacles of water, tunnels, fire, ice, electric shocks and mud with some of the obstacles being called The Plunge, Human BBQ, Shocker, Cement Mixer, Claustraphobe and Worm Muncher! But this is certainly no fun run and has been badged as the toughest event on Earth!

But it’s all in a good cause, as Claire Bennett, Charity Manager said ‘we know that so many worthwhile charities ask people to donate up to Christmas time, and we are usually one of them asking for donations to our raffle or present appeal to be able to give the young people in our supported accommodation for homeless young people, and the children and young people accessing our domestic abuse support service a happy Christmas to remember. So this year we thought we would do things a little differently and a bit earlier. This is where the idea to do the Total Warrior event came in as none of us have ever taken such a challenge ever before. Everyone who is taking part is incredibly excited but also incredibly nervous, it’s a real personal challenge for us all but as it’s for a cause that is close to our hearts, everyone agrees that this will give us the determination to complete the course. We have been actively seeking sponsors from our friends and families but we would really appreciate any more donations and sponsors that the public can offer us. Every penny and pound will go directly to benefit the children and young people we support, and will be hugely appreciated, and for those that do donate at Christmas it’s a good chance to tick it off the ‘Christmas to do list’!’. So if you can sponsor the Pendle Action for the Community team please feel free to donate via their online giving page by clicking here or contact us via email at claire.bennett@pendle-action.org.uk or via telephone on 01282 619192 opt 2

For more information about Pendle Action for the Community can be found on its website – www.pendle-action.org.uk – or by calling 01282 619192 or follow us on Twitter @pendleaction

Pendle Action for the Community Celebrating Hat-trick of Success!

Pendle Action for the Community, a local charity, which manages a number of projects including; SafeSpace Supported Accommodation for homeless young people, Pendle Domestic Violence Initiative), The Lookout, Early Family Support and Evolve Counselling is celebrating after a hat-trick of success all in one week!

In the last week they were firstly awarded the contract to continue to deliver the support services at SafeSpace, their supported accommodation project for homeless young people in Pendle, secondly they were awarded a new contract to deliver a supported accommodation project in Rossendale which has resulted in a significant expansion in their services and support for homeless young people, and finally at the North West E3 Business Awards held at the Macron Stadium in Bolton, they were awarded the Special Achievement Award by Jemma Taylor, on behalf of 1 Events Media. This was an award chosen by the judges in recognition that Pendle Action for the Community ‘has shown great-spirit, character, courage, strength, patience, and above all else, sacrificing their own needs before others’.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Charity Manager, Claire Bennett said: “we are absolutely overwhelmed and ecstatic at our recent news and success. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality, young person focused support for those who most need it and being awarded two contracts to allow us to continue to do this is just fantastic and incredibly exciting. We were also astounded at the recent North West E3 awards night. We had attended the event as we had been shortlisted as finalist for the Social Enterprise of the year, but we actually won the Special Achievement Award! It was a complete surprise as we didn’t know that we had even been shortlisted by the judges for this award. The awards night had been such an amazing night, with lots of fantastic businesses and social enterprises, and winning this final special award was just unbelievable, it is a real credit and acknowledgement of the Charity trustees, staff and the support they offer through the projects managed by the charity, as well as an accolade to the charity sector as a whole to be recognised within the business awards arena for the North West”

For more information about Pendle Action for the Community can be found on its website – www.pendle-action.org.uk – or by calling 01282 619192 or follow us on Twitter @pendleaction. More information about the E3 Business Awards can be found at www.e3businessawards.co.uk.

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