Pact is a national Catholic charity which provides support to men, women and young people in prison, people with convictions, and their children and families. Their vision is of a society in which justice is understood as a process of restoration and healing, and where the innate dignity and worth of every human is valued. This Prisoners’ Sunday Pact are looking for people who will be ambassadors for the charity by:
• Giving a short talk after Mass about Pact’s work and its impact. We will provide a script.
• Being a Pact presence, ensuring that posters are displayed and leaflets distributed.
Prisoners and their families have been severely affected by the pandemic; in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, people have been confined to cells for 23hrs a day. Families have suffered prolonged separation as visits have been largely suspended since March 2020. Now, more than ever, The Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) need the support of parishes to enable them to continue to support families and to help rebuild relationships.
There are almost 79,000 people in prison in England and Wales with just under 90,000 children with a parent in prison. Research shows that keeping links between those in prison and their families reduces the risk of prisoners committing further crime after release by 39%. This is a key aspect of Pact's work. They depend almost entirely on the generosity of the Catholic community for donations to fund their core operation with Prisoners’ Sunday crucial to their ministry.
If you are able to help or would like to find out about volunteering opportunities with Pact, please E: firstname.lastname@example.org or T: 020 3031 6867 by 30 September, giving your name and contact details. To find out more about Pact’s work, click here.