Who we are
Phoenix Enterprises is an independent social enterprise whose commercial activities support training and employment opportunities for people in the Swindon area with mental health issues. Founded in 2002, it is both a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee governed by a small non-executive Board of Directors.
Our mission is to work with adults experiencing short or long-term mental health problems, these range from depression to autism, and also people with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and people who are struggling to return to work. We act as a stepping-stone towards jobs in competitive employment by giving people the opportunity to rebuild their confidence whilst learning new skills in a productive and supportive environment. We achieve this by providing the following services:
- A day centre for our members to have a place where they can feel included and make friends with people in similar situations.
- One-to-one training programmes which include, Life Skills, CV Writing and Interview Techniques.
- Liaising with counsellors, GP’s, social workers/case workers and the Job Centre to ensure that support is targeted to the specific needs of each member and their families
- Helping to educate employers about the stigma attached to mental health, learning and physical disabilities.
It is key that our members receive the best possible chance of success and that mental health, learning or physical disabilities do not disadvantage them in their desire to learn, work, achieve and forge a career. Our pathway back into mainstream employment, our dedication and commitment to each individual that attends our centre creates better opportunities. The building of better relationships with employment agencies, employers and the job centre allows us to educate and knock down the stigma barriers attached to employing people with disabilities, whether that is a physical, mental or learning disability.