Since 1999, the Parents and Carers Support Organisation (PACSO) has provided help and encouragement to families in the Chichester and Arun districts who have a child with special educational needs or disabilities. We have achieved that by providing a wide range of play and social activities for disabled children and their siblings, thereby offering much needed respite for their parent carers.
We know that parents and carers are the experts on their disabled child and we work with them to help their child reach their full potential. No one organisation can meet a family’s entire needs and that is why we work closely with statutory bodies and other voluntary organisations to bring about the best outcomes for the individual child in a time of great societal flux and financial challenge.
PACSO has grown enormously since its humble beginnings in 1999. Our annual turnover now exceeds £300,000, and our vision is to see a steady year-on-year growth in the coming years. You can read our latest annual accounts by clicking here. In order to help us manage that growth and to sustain the charity into the future, in 2012 we became a Charity Limited by Guarantee. Our Memorandum and Articles of Association can be requested from the PACSO office.
In 2014, PACSO conducted a survey amongst its staff, users and parent carers. As a result of the information gleaned we re-shaped our whole service, dropping our Buddy Scheme and bringing all our activities together under the banner of ‘clubs’. We have been able to broaden our remit and now offer a range of activities every day of the week during term time, as well as more weekend activities, and lots of choice during school holidays too.
One of our Pacso members will tell you more…
[A] is a young person with developmental delay. She is a gregarious teenager, with an enormous enthusiasm for life. [A] loves reading, but struggles with everyday activities such as safely crossing the road, and needs help with toileting. [A] has been coming to PACSO for the last five years. She loves swimming, shopping and other PACSO activities and trips such as a recent one to London for teenagers. Mum loves the fact that at PACSO, [A] feels safe and she has a fabulous time. Mum feels completely confident leaving her daughter in our care. Our Play Manager Emma makes everyone feel welcome, and listens to feedback from children about what they enjoy doing and so the children and young people feel a sense of ownership of the clubs. Mum says “PACSO has been of huge importance to [A] for the last five years and still very much is”.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to the wonderful world of PACSO. Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like more information, or download a membership pack from our Home page.