Phoenix offers placements providing a meaningful experience of work and the development of social and life skills to adults with a range of learning disabilities. After people with special, additional or complex needs reach the end of formal education it can be very hard for them to find meaningful work. By providing supported placements we greatly improve the confidence, quality of life and self- fulfilment of our trainees.
Our aim is to provide a safe, welcoming and empowering environment in which trainees can develop practical work, life and basic skills. We actively promote an inclusive atmosphere, encouraging trainees to socialise, make friends and have consideration for others.
Our trainees are supported at all times by trained staff and volunteers, and have the opportunity to work in three key departments:
Factory - producing concrete slabs and garden ornaments.
Woodshed – making a variety of items ranging from picnic tables and garden benches, arbors and mud kitchens, to bird boxes, planters, trellises in all shapes and sizes and bespoke items made to order.
Kitchen - providing a daily two-course lunch for trainees, volunteers and staff.
There is also seasonal work in our garden where we grow fruit and vegetables for our kitchen and a range of plants for sale,
We endeavour to embed essential life skills in all our training and trainees are encouraged to develop their abilities in basic numeracy, literacy and ICT during their working day. We strongly promote team working and the practice of skills such as time management, basic budgeting and independent travel. We also encourage trainees to take an active interest and be involved in all aspects of Phoenix, which includes off site trips to suppliers, such as B&Q and Screwfix, food stores, particularly our near neighbour and supporter, Tesco, and Mackays, where we have a display stand.
Additionally trainees often assist at events such as our clearance sale and open day, both enhancing their self confidence but also through interacting with the public, further raising the profile of people with learning disabilities.
If you would like to visit Phoenix to see our work first hand, please contact us to arrange a visit. We provide taster sessions free of charge.