Positive opportunities for wellbeing, empowerment and recreation

PASTEL is a social enterprise set up by carers, in 2005, with the social aim of encouraging and supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged adults, young adults, carers and their families to make the most of their lives - providing a range of weekday, evening and weekend opportunities for informal learning (personal development / life skills) and social activities.

PASTEL is based at the multi-functional Fromus Centre, Saxmundham, in rural East Suffolk. We mainly serve those from a catchment area of up to 20 miles around Saxmundham.

Originally funded by the Big Lottery Fund, for three years, PASTEL CIC's subsequent funders and partners have included Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, Open College Network, Suffolk Discrimination Law Service, TESCO, Waitrose, EDF Energy, Magnox, The Saxmundham & District Community Interest Company, The Rotary Club of Saxmundham & District and Brook Farm Residents Association.

Customers include adults, and young adults, with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues eg anxiety, depression - as well as Carers and older people seeking company.

New Activities – started in 2015...

The PASTEL Singing Club & The PASTEL Cooking Club

Apart from a few sessional workers, all the directors and members of the PASTEL Management Committee are volunteers. PASTEL generates over 2,500 volunteer hours for the community each year.

At PASTEL CIC, we aim to prevent isolation of vulnerable adults and promote their health and wellbeing. We help people to relax and enjoy themselves, make new friends and experience new activities.

The PASTEL team work with Personal Action Plans, to ensure people are supported flexibly to do the things they want. We are open to self-referrals or referrals via schools / colleges, transitions teams, social work teams, DWP / JobCentrePlus, community support etc.

And, in addition to these activities, PASTEL also:

  • sponsors and manages the pop-up SMILE Café - a respite oasis for vulnerable adults, support workers and carers, in rural East Suffolk.
  • supports the Sax IT Club - for the over-50's struggling to make full use of their laptops, tablets and smartphones.
  • sponsors the Rural East Suffolk Carers Action Network (RESCAN) - for Carers looking for emotional support from other carers and to share knowledge and first-hand experiences.


  • This is the new PASTEL website for 2015. Please bear with us, while it is populated with content and refined. The website was last updated on 18.1.15