Our Social Enterprise
Phoenix Enterprises is a social enterprise, that is a business whose sole purpose is to support and help adults of Swindon who are struggling with mental health issues. We know that short-term or longer-term issues benefit from good work in a supportive and companionable atmosphere and believe this is a great way to generate unrestricted income that we can use to provide more services and support. In the past we have had additional private funding as donations or grants, but in recent years these have fallen away as austerity forces cutbacks forcing us to rely almost entirely on business income.
The Phoenix team offer companies from across Swindon and Wiltshire a very competitive mailing and packaging service at the highest of standards, easily comparable to a similar commercial firm. We can operate at scale as evidenced by an order of 1.9 million units that we fulfilled on behalf of a major national charity before last Christmas. The sense of enjoyment and personal fulfilment among the men and women busy packing envelopes or making boxes is palpable – they take pride in their work and rebuild their own personal pride and self-confidence at the same time.
All income is used for the benefit of our service users. For example, there is breakfast club for their users before they get down to work, trips to the seaside and computer facilities allow support for people applying for jobs, learning basic maths and English. Whatever it takes to foster a social environment where lasting friendships are made.