The Peer Action Collective (PAC) is a network of young people across England and Wales, working hard to make their communities safer, fairer places
The Peer Action Collective (PAC) is a network of young people across England and Wales, working hard to make their communities safer, fairer places. Since 2021, over 6,800 young people have been taking action on the big issues leading to serious youth violence. With a further £7.5m investment, from the Youth Endowment Fund, #iwill Fund (a joint investment between The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) and Co-op, PAC will now impact the lives of more than 11,000 young people aged 10 to 25.
Going to new locations across England and Wales, young people will conduct further research and take social action on the three key themes which PAC has identified as crucial to making their communities better places:
- Positive activities: how sport and other activities could protect children and young people from violence through new, positive friendships groups, opportunities to take risks in a safe environment and links to services.
- Education: understanding the best ways for all children to get the most out of school, improving attendance, preventing exclusions, helping them realise their potential and be protected from involvement in violence.
- Trusted adults: finding the best ways to make sure children have trusted adults, such as youth workers or mentors, in their life to protect them from involvement in violence.
Young people leading PAC are influencing lasting change, putting young people’s voices at the heart of policy and practice, and building safer, fairer communities for us all.