Phoenix is a social enterprise and charity based in Milton near Cambridge. It offers experience of the world of work to young people and adults with a range of learning disabilities and special, additional or complex needs.
The site has a concrete factory, carpentry workshops, a kitchen garden and canteen kitchen, and is open to the public for the sale of products produced on site.
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We have come a long way from our formation in 2006, on the site of the Silver Fern concrete factory.
Over the years, we have added a portacabin, providing office, kitchen, and dining facilities, not one but two woodsheds, an outside show area, developed a vegetable garden, and now even have a pool and darts room!
The additional facilities have helped us, as a relatively small provider to offer considerable variety in our placements, with our co-workers not only producing concrete paving slabs and ornaments, but a range of wooden items, such as mud kitchens, planters, bird boxes and tables, and providing a daily two-course lunch for co-workers, volunteers, and staff.
Being able to access our site from Milton Country Park was another major improvement, considerably increasing our customer footfall.
Many of the improvements we have been able to make have come through financial donations and particularly, groups of volunteers coming on site – Virgin Media, Pulse and Cambridge Assessment, to name but three:
In addition to being a Registered Charity, Phoenix is also a social enterprise, defined as a business that trades for a social and/or environmental purpose with a clear sense of its "Social Mission". Our "Social Mission" is to help young people and adults with learning disabilities, mental health and/or behavioural issues by offering meaningful experience of the work environment. We aim to raise most of our income through selling our products and services. Any profits made are reinvested back into the company to further our social mission.