The Phoenix Youth Project
The Phoenix Youth Project (PYP) is modern, forward thinking, engaging and exciting Youth Work Project. Working with marginalised and disadvantaged young people aged 8 -19 years old in the deprived areas of Cleator Moor, Frizington, and Moor Row, we aim to; raise aspirations, develop positive behaviour, encourage healthy lifestyles and reduce crime, discriminatory and anti-social behaviour. This enables us to serve the social, recreational and emotional needs of the children and young people in the area as well as supporting the wider local community.
The PYP was founded in September 2003 due to the disbandment of the County Council Youth service in 2000. This left a huge gap in services for young people in our local area. Over the fourteen years since we have grown and developed a team of qualified, experienced and dedicated youth development workers. We became a charity in August 2005 and then in April 2015 we became charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).
We opened Cleator Moor Youth Centre in September 2003 and Frizington Youth Centre in early 2004. Each youth club was open one evening a week at this stage. Early in 2005 we increased the sessions to twice weekly in Cleator Moor. By the summer of 2005 we ran five evening sessions, a second in Frizington as well as our third youth centre in Arlecdon. It was during 2005 that we employed our current Project Manager, Paul Rowe. In March 2007 we added a further evening session to our youth work delivery programme, this was detached youth work and this was carried out across our entire delivery area. We were now delivering six evening sessions each week.
After two and a half years we took the sad decision to end of centre based youth work sessions in Arlecdon. This was due to our initial good core group of young people who were aged 15-18 years old growing up and moving on. Arlecdon is a very small village with no social housing and there wasn't a new group of young people in the town for us to continue or centre based delivery. We decided to put this sessional time into Frizington in late 2007 meaning that we delivered three sessions a week in Frizington as we still do today. In April 2010 we further expanded our sessions to open up our third youth centre in Moor Row running every Wednesday (now Monday) evening and added a third evening to Cleator Moor as we moved into the newly refurbished Cleator Moor Youth and Community Centre. PYP lead on fund raising almost £250,000 for this refurbishment and this is our office and base and home of activities for Cleator Moor. We delivered detached youth work until January 2013 when the need for this additional delivery was clearly no longer needed.
We have won and been finalists in a few awards over the years. We have been finalists (2017) and winner (2016) in the West Cumbria Community Hero's Awards. Our Project Manager won the Peter Scott Award for outstanding contribution to charity in November 2016. We were finalists and rated as Excellent at this year's Sellafield Ltd Excellent Awards. We won the Copeland Pride Award in 2009 in the respect awards and we were a runner up the year after in the effective partnership award category. We were also nominated for a Home Star Award in 2006 by Home Group. We gained Ambition level Gold in 2016, following on from Bronze and Silver in 2015 and are the only group in Cumbria to hold these levels. These are the quality standard for the voluntary youth sector and replace quality mark. We achieved level one (equivalent of ambition bronze level) quality mark in 2010. These awards go through all aspects of the project. Bronze level focuses on the main policies, ensures that we are safe and met all legal requirements. Silver looks at the work, how this is delivered, what we provide for young people and how this improves the personal development of young people. Gold really shows that we go the extra mile, have young people at our heart and meet all legal and good practice guidelines for our sector. In short, we are an award-winning organisation that has quality running through it.
Fast forward to the present day, we now run three youth centres delivering twelve evening sessions in Cleator Moor, Frizington and Moor Row. We work with young people aged 8-19 years old delivering centre based and outreach youth work sessions. We split our evening centre based provision into two sessions, the first for 8-12 year olds and the second for 13-19 year olds. We deliver our evening sessions 51 weeks of the year and offer extra activities, sessions, trips and residential visits in every school holiday period. In the past twelve months we have influenced over 500 different young people. Our objectives have a focus on personal and social development of the young people we work with, supporting and challenging them appropriately when needed. We deliver sustainable youth provision while engaging local young people, parents and the local community. We carry out a wide range of informal educational workshops during our youth work sessions with young people along with our accredited programme, which enables young people many of whom are low achievers and struggling with GCSE's the chance to build their cv and recognise their skills. By following our Duke of Edinburgh programme this allows young people whatever academic ability the chance to develop important life skills, such as; team work leadership skills, motivational skills, communication skills, problem solving and goal setting skills to enable them to develop these for early adulthood which would never have been offered to them in the school curriculum due to a lot of these young people being low achievers.
Our Charitable ObjectsI. The advancement of education of children and young people in Copeland, Cumbria, in particular but not exclusively through leisure time activities so as to develop their mental, physical and personal capacities so that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society;
II. To promote for the benefit of children and young people in Copeland, Cumbria and the surrounding area the provision of facilities for recreation or other leisure time occupations in the interests of social welfare and with the object of improving their conditions of life;
III. And the preservation and protection of good health of children and young people in Copeland, Cumbria, in particular but not exclusively through the provision of information and advice.
Aims of the project
- To promote the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and personal potential.
- To engage the community as a whole, in the personal and social development of young people.
- The promotion of young people in relation to Every Child Matters (ECM); Be healthy, stay safe, enjoy & achieve, make a positive contribution, and achieve economic well-being.
- To create a learning environment for young people that is fun, challenging and rewarding.
- To create an awareness of social issues.
- To create an awareness of opportunity
- To create awareness of diverse environments for young people by taking them out
- of their normal environment.
Objectives to reach the outlined aims
- Provide community based youth centres in Cleator Moor Frizington, & Moor Row.
- Provide informal learning for young people through informal educaitonal workshops aimed at the issues affecting the young people. We also invite partner agencies such as Inspira, local police and other appropriate bodies, who will assist in the delivery of informal educational opportunities.
- The delivery of personal development opportunities through engaging young people in educational opportunities outside their normal living environment e.g. residential visits & other field trips.
- Engage volunteers and parents in the planning and delivery of the service to young people.
- Engage young people in the planning and delivery of services which leads to their empowerment and education.
The Phoenix Youth Project Trustees
Steven Butterworth - Chair
Paul Zanacchi - Treasurer
Margaret Malloy - Secretary
The Phoenix Youth Project is a registered
charity under number 1160177
We are currently funded by the below
organisations who we cannot thank enough