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Alana House - Women's Community Project

Alana House is an award winning innovative women's community project run by Parents and Children Together (PACT) charity that uses a holistic approach to support vulnerable women with complex needs, including ex offenders and those at risk of offending. Alana House won the Howard league for Penal reform "Womens" category in 2014 & 2017.

Part of the PACT Communities Team, Alana House works alongside Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) project, which supports children and parents who have previously experienced domestic abuse.

Drop in open Monday 1pm-3pm, Wednesday 12.30pm - 2.30pm, Thursday 1pm - 2.30pm  

Creche available for service users on Wednesdays.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Alana House
Contact Position
Women's Project Administrator
Telephone
0118 9217640
E-mail
alana.house@pactcharity.org
Website
http://pactcharity.org/community-projects/alana-house
Parent Organisation
Parents And Children Together (PACT)

Where to go

Name
Alana House
Address
2 Southern Court
South Street
Reading
Berkshire
Postcode
RG1 4QS

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Drop in sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 1.00 - 3.00
Time of day
Afternoon
Session Information
Drop in open to females only. For information on current activities please contact us

Other Details

Costs

Is there a charge for
using this service?
No

Availability

Referral required
Yes
Referral Details

If you would like to make a referral please contact the Communities Team on 01189 217640 or email alana.house@pactcharity.org. Alternatively women can self-refer at drop in

Other notes

Alana House provides information, support and advice to women across Reading, and areas of Berkshire to help with a wide variety of needs including accommodation, domestic abuse, children and families, social isolation, offending behaviour and substance misuse.

Support Workers help women to identify their needs and work in partnership through keywork to achieve their goals. Alana House often supports women to engage with statutory services, where they would otherwise struggle.

Alana House group programme changes quarterly, and includes a job club where women develop employability skills, wellbeing and mindfulness sessions, fitness, literacy and numeracy and parenting skills. Alana House utilises a multiagency approach, liaising with other agencies often to facilitate support at their premises on South Street, so women can access services in a safe environment. Specialist services available during the week include Reading Borough Council Outreach worker in attendance at drop ins, Sexual Health Nurse and drug and alcohol misuse support group.

Alana House also runs BB4K programmes (www.pactcharity.org/community-projects/bounce-back-4-kids). Bounce Back 4 Kids (BB4K) is a support programme developed by PACT that uses therapeutic techniques to support children who have been victims or witnesses of domestic abuse. The programme works with the children and their parents to come to terms with experiencing family breakdowns. The programme consists of children’s support groups run concurrently with parent support groups.

The BB4K programme has a number of key aims:

  • To help break the cycle of domestic abuse
  • To raise children’s self-esteem and to give them an opportunity to explore and express their feelings through fun, child-focussed activities, in a safe therapeutic way
  • To improve children’s school attendance and learning and development

Ratings

Rated 5 out of 5
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This information has been collected from third party providers therefore the Reading Services Guide and Reading Borough Council cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of this information and recommends that parents, carers, young people, residents and professionals check with providers regarding DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) and OFSTED registrations and CQC registrations. Information collected by Reading Service Guide; is used solely to implement and supply the Family Information Service (FIS), Special Educational Needs & Disabilities - Reading's Local Offer, Adults & Carers Support Group and Reading Youth.

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