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Collaboration with other groups / enterprises / funding bodies

PASTEL realises that it cannot bring about lasting change on its own and will seek to work with others. This may be through sharing information and learning, joint influencing work and approaches that can help to make the work sustainable in the long term.

Over the past 10 years, we have received funding and awards from, or collaborated on programmes with:

Suffolk ACRE ** The Civic Trust ** The Big Lottery Fund ** OCNER (Open College Network Eastern Region) ** Skills Funding Agency ** Suffolk County Council ** NLDC (Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities) Fund ** Long Shop Museum ** SPIAL (the Suffolk Partnership for Informal Adult Learning) ** Suffolk Discrimination Law Service ** Ko-an Arts CIC ** TESCO ** Waitrose ** SADCIC (The Saxmundham & District CIC) ** The Rotary club of Saxmundham & District ** BFRA (Brook Farm Residents Association) ** EDF Energy Community Fund ** Magnox Socio-Economic Fund

If your group or enterprise would like to explore ways of sharing ideas / resources, collaborating on funding bids / projects or longer-term complementary programming, please contact us.

Offers of fundraising / donations / raffle prizes

We always welcome offers of financial support – no matter how big or small. These are particularly welcome from local individuals / groups, within our community.

Unwanted, unused gifts which we can use as raffle prizes, also come in very handy.

Or, if you would like to organise a fundraising event for us, please contact us.


If you feel you would lend your name, or presence, to help raise funds or publicise our projects, we would love to hear from you.

Volunteer time

All PASTEL directors and the management committee are volunteers. In addition, we have a number of other volunteers helping deliver our services and their ages range from 15 to over 80. If you would like to explore volunteering with us, please get in touch to discuss the range of possibilities.

We welcome any volunteers who can bring a benefit to our services, including not only the able and young adult peer mentors but also those looking for therapeutic placements and part time (permitted) work.

We need a good mix of skills and experience - from joining the management committee, helping with administration and running the various PASTEL services and help with peer mentoring (for ages 15-25), online marketing / publicity and fundraising.

Volunteering activities can be carried out either at the Fromus Centre or from home, depending on the task. No previous experience is necessary and induction training will be supplied. For some tasks, a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, social marketing, websites and the Internet would be useful. However, we are interested to speak to people with a variety of skills and experiences and those who feel they have none (although they almost always do!) but just want to help others in the local community.

The training we offer is mainly informal learning (personal development / life skills) but we include Level 2 CIEH Food Safety Training for volunteers in the SMILE Café.

We can offer you not only the opportunity to make some new friends and gain the satisfaction of helping others but also with other things like helping you to gain your Duke of Edinburgh Award, put some volunteering experience on your CV, learn new skills, practise the skills you have, build your confidence, show potential employers you can keep regular hours and handle commitment, have things to talk about in a job interview and get references. Depending on tasks, we may run enhanced CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks on volunteer applicants.

Contact us now to explore the possibilities...