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 year-round weekday, evening and weekend opportunities for informal learning (personal development / life skills) and social activities. Customers include adults, and young adults, with autism and/or learning disabilities and/or mental health issues eg anxiety, depression - as well as Carers and older people seeking company. We aim to to prevent social isolation and promote general health and wellbeing. We help people to relax and enjoy themselves, make new friends and experience new activities. Ultimately we aim to support a more compassionate and inclusive community.

PASTEL is a Suffolk County Council accredited service provider.

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.

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, Saxmundham Town Council and Brook Farm Residents Association.

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

Please use the navigation buttons, at the of the page, to learn more about PASTEL and our services.

And, in addition to these activities, PASTEL also supports:

  • the pop-up SMILE CafĂ© - a respite oasis for vulnerable adults, support workers and carers, in rural East Suffolk.
  • the Sax IT Club - for the over-50's struggling to make full use of their laptops, tablets and smartphones.
  • 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.