One in four of us will experience mental health issues at some point. “Good work” and the right help makes all the difference in getting back on track – and that’s what we’re all about.

Adults experiencing mental health issues may be or feel vulnerable and we aim to support them on their journey to a better life. We know that short-term or longer-term issues benefit from good work in a supportive and companionable atmosphere.

People join in our community and choose to use our services as ‘Service Users’ and the work available consists of commercial tasks for our business service clients. Of course we take good care to make sure each person only has work appropriate to their abilities and needs.

As well as providing work experience and computer facilities where people are supported in applying for jobs, we take a wider holistic approach that has seen remarkable results. We help our Service Users sort out personal issues with officialdom (council, landlords, etc.), organise events such a dentist to come in to advise on oral hygiene, trips to the seaside, pre-work breakfast club and generally foster a social environment where lasting friendships are made.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. But for some Phoenix has been more than a stepping stone – becoming nothing short of a life line.

Mark Neilson

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Jayne Newton

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