How it all began

Established in 2016, PACT house in Stanley was set up to be a one stop shop for local people, to access support and advice in a relaxed café environment.

They provide a free community meal every Wednesday, a two course meal cooked by the volunteers with no questions asked, even if you can’t pay for a meal you can help by donating time to wash up or clear away.

During the school holidays they provide free breakfasts for children, making sure that families who are struggling with the extra cost of feeding their children during the long holidays are helped with one free meal a day. They also provide a crisis foodbank, furniture and household items to people with nothing, and keep a small clothing bank for people in emergency situations.

Making a difference

We talked to a PACT visitor who once had everything he needed – family, home and a job – but losing his job resulted in him losing everything else that mattered and triggered mental health issues. By volunteering at PACT he has regained his confidence and is getting back on his feet.

With thanks to you

”My change of circumstances meant a new claim to Universal Credit resulting in my housing benefit being stopped. When I was out looking for work my land lady changed the locks on my door and I became roofless over night. None of this was my fault. Housing options refused me help with immediate support. Everything I owned in the world was in my flat which I could not access. I approached PACT House and they gave me some food, emergency supplies and a tent for the night and we began the challenges around my statuary rights. It took two days and hours of support but eventually I was given an emergency payment from DWP. I now volunteer every Wednesday at the free community meal to give something back to PACT house as without them I don’t know where I would be now.”

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