Threatened Chichester support group PACSO praised by parents

PACSO.  Picture by louise Adams C131481-9
PACSO. Picture by louise Adams C131481-9

PARENTS have praised a ‘lifeline’ support group which could be homeless within months.

The Venue, in Spur Road, Chichester, has been home to PACSO (Parents and Carers Support Organisation) since 1999 and the group has blossomed over the years.

However, news has broken that the centre, which is owned by Spur Properties, a subsidiary of Covers, is set to be sold.

Parents hope a new building can be found before the end of March and PACSO can continue to have a permanent home.

“I don’t know what we would do without PACSO,” said Hilary Swift, of Ferndale Road, Chichester, whose 17-year-old daughter Lucy has Down’s Syndrome and has attended PACSO for the past ten years.

“PACSO has been a real lifeline for us.

“When we moved here, we didn’t have any other respite so the fact that Lucy could come in the holidays and at the weekends was a time-out for us.”

She said PACSO had grown over the years and now provided a huge number of opportunities, such as after-school clubs and Christmas and Easter playdays.

“The issue about where PACSO is going to be is a real challenge,” she added.

The Venue is primarily leased to the Revelation Church, which uses the centre for a number of purposes.

Spur Properties has confirmed the building has been sold to a commercial industrial company, which will be occupying the building following the end of the Revelation Church’s lease.

Described in last week’s Observer as a ‘unique’ space, parents are now hopeful a new building can be found that 
mimics the current facilities provided by The Venue, which helps provide respite to more than 100 families from Bognor Regis and Selsey to Chichester and Midhurst.

PACSO held a family fun day on holiday, where parents and siblings under the age of five were invited along to join the fun.